Alexander Rohlf joined the working group Sustainable Resource Management and Global Change as a research fellow in May 2018. Trained as an applied econometrician and empirical economists, he has predominantly conducted research in the fields of "International Trade and the Environment" and environmental economics and has gathered extensive experience with datasets on firm-level emissions and the spatial distribution of pollutant emissions (especially in Germany). Combining such environmental databases with economic research designs has been a major focus of his recent projects, which also require the frequent use of GIS software (Geographical Information Systems) to analyze the spatial aspects of economic phenomena. At MCC, Alexander Rohlf will join the team led by Dr. Nicolas Koch working on a recently established traffic, mobility and transportation project with a strong focus on potential transformation processes, large mobility databases and policy design.
Alexander is in the process of finishing his PhD at the University of Mannheim as a member of the 2012 cohort of doctoral candidates in the CDSE/GESS program. He previously acquired a Diploma in Economics from the University of Heidelberg (Empirical Economics Chair of Prof. Christian Conrad) as well as a bachelor-equivalent degree in Physics. During this time, Alexander has also been able to pursue his research interests as a visiting scholar at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia, USA) and the University of California (Berkeley, California, USA). The supervisors of his dissertation project are Prof. Ulrich Wagner and Prof. Sebastian Findeisen (both from the University of Mannheim) as well as Prof. Andrea Weber (Central European University, Budapest). Alexander's latest working paper is entitled "Did Globalization help Germany become cleaner? [...]" and has been presented extensively during the 2017/18 job market period. Together with Dr. Kathrine von Graevenitz and Dr. Daniel Roemer, he has recently published a study on the effects of publicly available firm-level emission data (from the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register) on German housing prices in the Environmental and Resource Economics journal (ERE, 2018).
von Graevenitz, K., Roemer, D., Rohlf, A. (2018): The Effect of Emission Information on Housing Prices - Quasi-experimental evidence from the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register, Environmental and Resource Economics, 69(1), 23-74.
Recent working papers
Rohlf, A. (2018): Did Globalization help Germany become cleaner? - The effect of increasing Import/Export Exposure on local air pollution at the German county level, Working Paper.
Rohlf, A. (2014): Detecting Shifts in US Monetary Policy before the Financial Crisis of 2008 Taylor Rules, Breakpoint Tests and Narrative Evidence as Means of Evaluating US Monetary Policy, Research Paper at UC Berkeley.