Dr. Paul Lehmann

Thematic Area Environment and Society
Department of Economics
Working Group Energy
Working Group Governance and Institutions

Helmholtz Centre
for Environmental Research − UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

phone: ++49 - 341 - 235 1076
fax: ++49 - 341 - 235 45 1076


Paul Lehmann

Areas of Expertise and Research

  • Environmental and Resource Economics, New Institutional Economics, Applied Microeconomics
  • Particular focus on the evaluation of policy instruments and their combinations used for climate, energy, water and agricultural policy

Curriculum Vitae

since 2013

Spokesman of the Working Group Energy

since 2009

Research Fellow at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig (Germany)


Visting researcher at the Institute of New Economic Thinking, University of Oxford


PhD in Economics (summa cum laude), Department of Economics and Law, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany), thesis: “Using a Policy Mix to Combat Climate Change – An Economic Evaluation of Policies in the German Electricity Sector”

2006 - 2009

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Economics, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig (Germany), fellowship holder of the Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft (Foundation of the German Economy)


Visiting Research Scholar, Resources for the Future, Washington, DC (USA)

2004 - 2005

Research Assistant, Department of Economics, UFZ – Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig (Germany)

1998 - 2004

Diploma in Business Administration (MBA equivalent) at Leipzig University (Germany), Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg (Germany) and Deusto University, San Sebastián (Spain)
Diploma thesis “An Economic Evaluation of the U.S. Conservation Reserve Program”

Recent Publications

Habermacher, F., Lehmann, P. (2017). Commitment vs. Discretion in Climate and Energy Policy. CESifo Working Paper 6355.

Lehmann, P., Söderholm, P. (2017). Can Technology-Specific Deployment Policies Be Cost-Effective? The Case of Renewable Energy Support Schemes. Forthcoming in Environmental and Resource Economics.

Gawel, E., Lehmann, P., Purkus, A., Söderholm, P., Witte, K. (2017). Rationales for technology-specific RES support and their relevance for German policy. Energy Policy 102, 16-26.

Gawel, E., Strunz, S., Lehmann, P. (2017). Support policies for renewables. Instrument choice and instrument change from a Public Choice perspective. Forthcoming in: Arent, D., Arndt, C., Miller, M., Tarp, F., Zinaman, O. (eds.), The Political Economy of Clean Energy Transitions, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Strunz, S., Gawel, E., Lehmann, P., Söderholm, P. (2017). Policy convergence as a multi-faceted concept: The case of renewable energy policies in the EU. Forthcoming in Journal of Public Policy.

Gawel, E., Lehmann, P., Strunz, S., Heuson, C. (2017). Public Choice barriers to efficient climate adaptation – Theoretical insight and lessons learned from German flood disasters. Journal of Institutional Economics, DOI:10.1017/S1744137416000163.

Gawel, E., Geißler, H., Lehmann, P. (2017). Erschwinglichkeit der Stromversorgung und Förderung erneuerbarer Energien – eine empirische Analyse für Deutschland. In: Großmann, K., Schaffrin, A., Smigiel, C. (eds.), Energie und soziale Ungleichheit: Zur gesellschaftlichen Dimension der Energiewende in Deutschland und Europa, Heidelberg: Springer, 319-346.