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PhD Student at RD III "Sustainable Solutions" Working Groups: Energy Strategies Europe and Germany (ESED)

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Fabian Joas
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
P.O. Box 60 12 03
D-14412 Potsdam, Germany
Email: Fabian.joas (sign)
Fabian Joas studied political science and economics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and the University of Birmingham for his undergraduate degree. At the University of St. Andrews he was awarded a MSc in International Strategy and Economics. For two years he worked for a consulting firm in the areas of Energy&Utilities, Sustainability and Public Sector.

In his PhD thesis he examines different climate policy instruments with an emphasis on transaction costs. Furthermore, his research interests lie with political and economic aspects of the German Energiewende, with a focus on renewables support mechanisms and European policy.


His doctoral thesis is supervised by Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer.

At the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), he is a member of the Working Group Energy Strategies Europe and Germany (ESED).

Since 2012 Fabian Joas is a fellow at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) in the working group Scientific Assessments and Global Commons.

Fabian Joas holds a doctoral scholarship from the Foundation of German Business


Research interests:

  • Policy instrument design
  • Renewables support mechanisms
  • Electricity market design
  • German Energiewende
  • New Institutional Economics



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Selected Publications:

Joas, F., Pahle, M., Flachsland, C., (2014): Die Ziele der Energiewende: Eine Kartierung der Prioritäten. ifo Schnelldienst 9/2014 – 67. Link;

Joas, F., Pahle, M., Flachsland, C., Joas, A. (2014): The Goals of the Energiewende: An Empirical Analysis of the Political Goals of German Energy Policy. (in preparation).

Pahle, M., Tietjen, O., Joas, F., Knopf, B. (2014): EE Förderinstrumente & Risiken: Eine Ökonomische Aufarbeitung der Debatte zur EEG Reform. PIK Diskussionspapier. Link;

Joas, F., Flachsland, C. (2014). The (Ir)relevance of Transaction Costs in Climate Policy Instrument Choice. Climate Policy (submitted).

Knopf, B., Pahle, M., Kondziella, H., Joas, F., Edenhofer, O., Bruckner, T. (2013): Germany’s Nuclear Phase-out: Sensitivities and Impacts on Electricity prices and CO2 Emissions. Economics of Energy & Environmental. Link;  

Knopf, B., H. Kondziella, M. Pahle, M. Götz, T. Bruckner, O. Edenhofer. Der Einstieg in den Ausstieg: Energiepolitische Szenarien für einen Atomausstieg in Deutschland. Eine Studie im Auftrag der Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Juni 2011 Link;
(contribution to chapter 5).

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