Prof. 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 2018

Assistant Professor for Environmental and Energy Economics, Faculty of Economics and Management Science, University of Leipzig

since 2017

Head of the Junior Research Group MultiplEE at the University of Leipzig in cooperation with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research − UFZ

2009 - 2017

Research fellow at the UFZ, Department of Economics (since 2013 spokesman of the Working Group Energy)


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”

In the News

„Verbot des Verbrenners – Ökologische Denkfabrik kritisiert Idee der Grünen“ (by Wetzel, D.), Welt Online, 24.01.2020.

„Warum es sich lohnt, Batterieantriebe zu fördern“ (by Kugoth, J.), Tagesspiegel Background, 22.01.2020.

„Kohlefahrplan gefährdet Klimaziel“ (by Zaremba, N.), Tagesspiegel Background, 20.01.2020.

„Nie wieder Flugscham“ (by Meller, L.), Luhze, 17.01.2020.

„Das Rad neu erfinden“ (by Klaaßen, L.), Helmholtz Perspektiven 04/2019, pp. 26-29.

„Windrad sucht Standort“ (by Nieber, A., Lehmann, P., Geiger, C., Meier, J.-N., Tafarte, P., Wolfram, E.), Katapult Magazin 4/2019, pp. 23-31.

„Diess holt sich Abfuhr bei Politik und Wissenschaft“ (Jana Kugoth), Tagesspiegel Background, 14.03.2019

Recent Publications

Habermacher, F., Lehmann, P. (2020). „Commitment vs. Discretion in Climate and Energy Policy“. Forthcoming in Environmental and Resource Economics.

Lauf, T., Ek, K., Gawel, E., Lehmann, P., Söderholm, P. (2020). „The Regional Heterogeneity of Wind Power Deployment: An Empirical Investigation of Land-use Policies in Germany and Sweden“. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 63(4), 751-778.

Lehmann, P., Gawel, E., Jöhrens, J., Korte, K., Lambrecht, U. (2020). „Technologieneutralität im Kontext der VerkehrswendeKritische Beleuchtung eines Postulats – Kurzfassung“. Studie im Auftrag für Agora Verkehrswende.

Gawel, E., Lehmann, P. (2019). „Should Renewable Energy Policy Be ‘Renewable’?“. Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 35(2), 218-243.

Gawel, E., Strunz, S., Lehmann, P., Purkus, A. (eds.) (2019). „The European Dimension of Germany’s Energy Transition – Opportunities and Conflicts“. Heidelberg: Springer.

Lehmann, P., Gawel, E., Geiger, C., Korte, K., Meier, J.-N., Reutter, F., Tafarte, P. (2019). „Wie zielführend sind regionalisierte Ausschreibungen für die Windenergie?“ Energiewirtschaftliche Tagesfragen 69 (1/2), 88-92.

Lehmann, P., Sijm, J., Gawel, E., Strunz, S., Chewpreecha, U., Mercure, J.-F., Pollitt, H. (2019). „Addressing multiple externalities from electricity generation: A case for EU renewable energy policy beyond 2020?“ Environmental Economics and Policy Studies 21(2), 255-283.

Meier, J.-N., Bovet, J., Geiger, C., Lehmann, P., Tafarte, P. (2019). „Fehlt im Klimapaket ein Flächenziel für die Windenergie an Land?“. Wirtschaftsdienst 99(12), 824-828.

Tafarte, P., Lehmann, P. (2019). „Trade-Offs associated with the spatial allocation of future onshore wind generation capacity – a case study for Germany“. Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on the European Energy Market (EEM), DOI: 10.1109/EEM.2019.8916287.