Dr Christian Gambardella

Postdoctoral Researcher

I conduct research at the intersection of applied microeconomics and energy and environmental economics.

I focus on electricity markets where I mostly study consumer behavior. Combining econometric and numerical methods I investigate topics such as the welfare effects of retail pricing design, the influence of behavioral biases in consumer decision making and the welfare implications of correcting them. I also analyze the interaction of carbon pricing and renewable generation on fossil-fueled electricity generation and the economic impacts from local air pollution.

I am a PostDoc in the Climate And Energy Policy Group (CAEP). My work is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) via the project BeSmart where I work in close collaboration with colleagues from the University of Kassel.


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
T +49 (0)331 288 2423
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


Biased Beliefs and Retail Rate Choice: The Welfare Effects in the German Electricity Market. Work in progress.

The Joint Impacts of Carbon Pricing and Renewable Generation on Fossil Generation Profits in Germany (with James B. Bushnell, Kevin Novan and Michael Pahle). Work in progress.

Carbon Pricing and Environmental Justice in Europe (with Mirjam Kosch). Work in progress.

The Environmental Benefits of Driving Electric Vehicles under Carbon Pricing and Growing Renewable Energy Supply (with Marina Friedrich and Mirjam Kosch). Work in progress.

Do Benefits from Dynamic Tariffing Rise? Welfare Effects of Real-Time Retail Pricing under Carbon Taxation and Variable Renewable Electricity Supply (with Michael Pahle and Wolf-Peter Schill), Environmental and Resource Economics, Volume 75, Issue 1 (2020): 183-213, DOI: 10.1007/s10640-019-00393-0.

Time-Varying Electricity Pricing and Consumer Heterogeneity: Welfare and Distributional Effects with Variable Renewable Supply (with Michael Pahle), Energy Economics, Volume 76 (2018): 257-273, DOI: 10.1016/j.eneco.2018.08.020.

Start-up costs of thermal power plants in markets with increasing shares of variable renewable generation (with Michael Pahle and Wolf-Peter Schill). Nature Energy, Volume 2, Issue 6 (2017): 1-6, DOI: 10.1038/nenergy.2017.50.

Renewable Energy Support, Negative Prices, and Real-time Pricing (with Michael Pahle,Wolf-Peter Schill and Oliver Tietjen), The Energy Journal, Volume 37, Special Issue 3 (2016): 147-169, DOI: 10.5547/01956574.37.SI3.mpah