Lutz is now an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University.
His research focuses on two areas of environmental policy:
- Measuring the costs and distribution of air pollution exposure and assessing ways to effectively and equitably improve air quality.
- Quantifying the distributional effects of climate policy instruments, such as carbon prices, energy standards, and environmental trade measures.
At the Grantham Research Institute Lutz was researching the interdependencies between distributional issues and environmental outcomes.
Lutz holds an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford, a BA in Economics from the University of St Gallen, and a PhD in Environmental Economics from the LSE.
Before commencing his PhD, Lutz worked as a strategy consultant in Paris. Previous posts include as a Carlo Schmid Fellow at the OECD and as research assistant at DIW Berlin.
- Environmental Economics
- Public Economics
- Air Pollution
- Climate Policy
Research - 2022
This paper shows that the Clean Air Act in the United States substantially reduced air pollution in regulated regions in recent years, but that accounting for pre-existing trends is vital to obtaining accurate estimates. Read more
Research - 2019
Does air quality influence road safety? We estimate the effect of increased air pollution on the number of road traffic... Read more
This paper estimates the global distribution of the costs to consumers from carbon pricing, finding that some policies may be considered regressive for their burden on poorer consumers – but that the benefits from mitigating climate change may weaken or reverse the regressive effect. Read more
Research - 2018
Using data for London, this research finds that elevated levels of air pollution have a positive and statistically significant impact on overall crime - and therefore that improving air quality in urban areas through tighter environmental policy may provide a cost-effective way to reduce crime. Read more
Research - 2017
This paper analyses the relationship between the distribution of income and the carbon dioxide content of household consumption in the US, describing a potential 'equity-pollution dilemma' and proposing a method to quantify it. Read more
Research - 2016
This paper estimates the causal effect of increased ambient air pollution on the frequency of road traffic accidents in the United Kingdom between 2009 and 2014. Read more
News - 2019
A team of economists and sustainability researchers answers the key questions around CO2 tax, emissions trading and other forms of carbon pricing. Read more
Simon Dietz, Tobias Kruse, Isabella Neuweg and Lutz Sager argue that Germany should set out a clear plan for a stronger carbon price as an effective route for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that can also improve the circumstances of lower-income households. Read more