Dr. Christina Roolfs

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Christina Roolfs is a postdoctoral researcher and member of the FutureLab: Public Economics and Climate Finance (PIK-MCC). She is based at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), working group Economic Growth and Human Development. She has studied mathematics, and Sustainability Economics & Management. She holds a Ph.D. in economics and wrote her dissertation on "Carbon Pricing and Transfers - Feasible and Effective Multilevel Climate Policy in Federations" with a focus on the European Union.

In addition to her academic work, Christina Roolfs has more than a decade of professional experience in the planning and management of wind farms and photovoltaics, being particularly interested in congestion management measures. Her master thesis also focused on congestion management measures and multinational power system planning using an analytical flow-based electricity pricing model.

Current research interests

Fiscal federalism, tax reform, burden-sharing and debt
Germany and the European Union

Papers submitted for peer review

Roolfs, Gaitan, Edenhofer, and Lessmann (under revision): Technology Beats Capital - Sharing the Carbon Price Burden in Federal Europe (February 6, 2020). Working paper available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3533251

Roolfs, Gaitan, Edenhofer (resubmitted to JEEM): Make or brake — Rich states in voluntary federal emission pricing. Working paper available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2941505

Working papers

Roolfs and Hagen: Self-Enforcing Environmental Federations. SURED2020 conference paper

Gaitan, Roolfs, Edenhofer: A generalized approach on Multilevel Emissions Policies and Transfers.

Roolfs, Gaitan, Edenhofer: Assessing EU ETS minimum prices and revenue distribution from a multilevel policy perspective. WCERE2018 conference paper


Edenhofer, O., Roolfs, C., Gaitan, B., Nahmmacher, P., Flachsland, C. (2017): Agreeing on an EU ETS Price Floor to Foster Solidarity, Subsidiarity and Efficiency in the EU. In Parry, I.; Pittel, L.; Vollebergh, H. (Eds.): Energy Tax and Regulatory Policy in Europe: Reform Priorities, MIT press. See MIT press or the pre-print version.

Schmid, E., Pechan, A., Neetzow, P., Roolfs, C., Neubauer, L., Eisenack, K. (2017): 6 Thesen zu einer de.zentralen Energiewende – Erkenntnisse aus dem Projekt de.zentral. link


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Kopernikus project  ARIADNE project

Past project

KLIF - Integrierte Finanz- und Klimapolitik: Handlungsspielräume für Nationalstaaten unter Wettbewerbsdruck. DFG funded joint project with TU Berlin's Public and Health Economics.

de.zentral - Institutionally and technologically consistent energy strategies for a rather central or decentralized energy transition in Germany. BMBF fnuden project with University of Oldenburg, HU Berlin and various practical partners from the energy industry and politics.

2018      Leibniz im Bundestag, Berlin

2018      Girls' Day at the Potsdam-Institute

2017      IRMBAM subconference in environmental economics, Nice

2017      PET conference, Paris

2017      EAERE conference, Athens

2017      Verein für Socialpolitik, AURÖ Young Researchers Workshop, Basel

2016      de.zentral Stakeholder Workshop, Berlin

2016      Strommarkttreffen - Energiewende 2.0, Berlin

2016      PET conference, Rio de Janeiro

2016      EAERE conference, Zurich           

2015      Workshop on Energy and Territories, Dijon (invited talk)

2015      PhD Conference Sustainable Environmental Politics and Economy, Berlin

2015      ICP workshop, Berlin

2013      IAEE Conference, Düsseldorf

2013      FAEE Student Workshop, Paris (invited talk)

2012      SAEE Student Chapter Workshop, Zürich

Student Award from the Swiss Association for Energy Economics (SAEE) for Master’s thesis on „Modeling electric network capacity under different institutional settings” (Executive summary and poster)