Stefano Carattini

Visiting Fellow

Stefano’s research focuses on the political economy and effectiveness of environmental policy. He has worked on waste and carbon taxation as well as more broadly on cooperation in the climate commons and the diffusion of climate policy.


Stefano has a PhD in Economics from the University of Barcelona. He previously studied economics at the University of Lausanne and socio-economics at the University of Geneva. He is also a researcher at the Haute école de gestion in Geneva.

Key research interests

  • Environmental and climate change economics
  • Political economy
  • Environmental taxes
  • Policy evaluation


Working paper  23 March, 2018

Trust and CO2 emissions: Cooperation on a global scale

This paper finds that the culture of cooperation sustained by trust within a country positively affects international cooperative behaviour, showing that an increase in trust between citizens results in larger cuts in carbon dioxide emissions. read more »


Working paper  17 July, 2017

What drives social contagion in the adoption of solar photovoltaic technology?

This research finds that households, businesses and farms are more likely to install solar panels if others in their neighbourhood have already done so, and in particular if existing installations … read more »

Research article  6 April, 2017

Green taxes in a post-Paris world: are millions of nays inevitable?

Carattini, S., Baranzini, A., Thalmann, P. et al. Environ Resource Econ (2017). doi:10.1007/s10640-017-0133-8

Research article  31 March, 2017

Carbon pricing in climate policy: seven reasons, complementary instruments, and political economy considerations

Carbon pricing is a recurrent theme in debates on climate policy. Discarded at the 2009 COP in Copenhagen, it remained part of deliberations for a climate agreement in subsequent … read more »

Working paper  18 January, 2017

Cooperation in the climate commons

This paper surveys the existing empirical evidence on the scope for cooperation in the climate commons and on the effectiveness of possible interventions to spur it. Given the global public … read more »

Research article  1 January, 2017

Effectiveness, earmarking and labeling: testing the acceptability of carbon taxes with survey data

This paper analyzes the drivers of carbon taxes acceptability with survey data and a randomized labeling treatment. Based on a sample of more than 300 individuals, it assesses the … read more »


Research article  7 December, 2016

How green are green economists?

This paper analyzes the decision of “green” economists to participate in the carbon offset market, and how this decision is related with the views that these experts hold on offsets. … read more »

Working paper  5 December, 2016

Carbon offsets out of the woods? The acceptability of domestic vs. international reforestation programmes

Following the entry into force of the Paris Agreement in November 2016, governments around the world are now asked to turn their nationally determined contributions into concrete climate policies. Economic … read more »

Working paper  28 July, 2016

How green are economists?

The market for voluntary carbon offsets has grown steadily in the last decade, yet it remains a very small niche. While 10% of greenhouse gas emissions generated by transportation are … read more »

Working paper  21 June, 2016

Green taxes in a post-Paris world: are millions of nays inevitable?

This paper addresses the question of the acceptability of cost-effective climate policy in a real-voting setting - the 2015 ballot on energy taxes in Switzerland. read more »

Working paper  18 February, 2016

Is taxing waste a waste of time? Evidence from a supreme court decision

Many people are against a garbage tax even though it often works. We study how a Supreme Court decision, mandating Vaud, a region of Switzerland, to implement a tax on … read more »

Working paper  11 February, 2016

Seven reasons to use carbon pricing in climate policy

The idea of a global carbon price has been a recurrent theme in debates on international climate policy. Discarded at the Conference of Parties (COP) of Copenhagen in 2009, it … read more »

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Policy report  5 December, 2017

How to make carbon taxes more acceptable

Taxing carbon is one of the best ways to incentivise the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions but is often faced with opposition. This report explores practical ways through which carbon taxes can be made more politically attractive. read more »

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Grantham Workshop 2 Mar 2016

Grantham Workshop | Stefano Carattini 'Green taxes in a post-Paris world: are millions of nays inevitable?'

Stefano Carattini, Visiting Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute, will be the speaker for this seminar.

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