Dr. sc. pol., Universitätsprofessor

Thomas S. Lontzek

Thomas S. Lontzek
Chair of Economics


Building: 1050

Room: 513

Templergraben 64

52056 Aachen


Phone: +49 241 80 96203
Fax: +49 241 80 693931


Thomas S. Lontzek studied Economics at the University of Maastricht and the University of California, San Diego. He Holds a doctorate in Economics from the University of Kiel. Prior to joining RWTH Aachen University in 2016 as Professor of Economics, he was a research economist at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, 2007-2010, a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Zurich, 2010-2016 and a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, 2012. His research focuses on numerical methods and their applications in economics.

Research Interests

  • Economic Growth
  • Quantitative Macroeconomics
  • Resource and Energy Economics
  • Computational Economics
  • Climate Risk Management
  • Decision Making under Uncerainty

Selected Publications and Recent Work

  • Lontzek, T.; Miftakhove, A; Judd, K.L.; Schmedders, K (2016): Statistical Approximation of High-Dimensional Climate Models.
  • Lontzek, T.; Cai, Y.; Judd, K.L. (2016): The social cost of carbon with economic and climate risks.
  • Lontzek, T.; Cai, Y.; Lenton, T.M. (2016): Risk of multiple climate tipping points should trigger a rapid reduction in CO2 emissions. In: Nature Climate Change.
  • Lontzek, T; Narita, D.; Wilms, O. (2016): Stochastic integrated assessment of ecosystem tipping risk. In: Environmental and Resource Economics, 65(3), 573-598.
  • Cai, Y.; Judd, K.L.; Lontzek, T.; Michelangeli, V.; Su, C.-L. (2017): A nonlinear programming method for dynamic programming. In: Macroeconomic Dynamics, 21, 336-361.
  • Cai, Y.; Judd, K.L.; Lenton, T.M.; Lontzek, T.; Narita, D. (2015): Environmental tipping points significantly affect cost-benefit assessment of climate policies. In: Nature Climate Change, 112(15), 4606-4611.
  • Lontzek, T.; Cai, Y.; Judd, K.L.; Lenton, T.M.; Narita, D. (2015): Stochastic integrated assessment of climate tipping points indicates the need for strict climate policy. In: PNAS.