Dr. Christina Roolfs is an economist and researcher at the MCC and member of the Economic Growth and Human Development Working Group. Her main topics are the energy transition, public economics and federalism from an environmental and fiscal policy perspective. To this end, her work centers around the external costs of activities that harm the environment and health, the distributional effects of policies, and future changes in fiscal revenues. Her regional focus is on Germany and Europe.
In the Copernicus project Ariadne, Christina Roolfs is in charge of the work package on tax reform, working in particular on external costs of activities harmful to the environment and health, the distributional effects of policies, and future changes in fiscal revenues.
Before joining MCC, Christina Roolfs worked at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in various projects on energy transition and climate policy. She worked in particular on energy, climate and fiscal policy issues. She studied Mathematics, Arts and Media and Sustainability Economics and Management in Oldenburg (Germany) and Lausanne (Switzerland). Her dissertation at the Technical University of Berlin investigates how acceptable and equitable federal climate policies can be designed. To this end, she translated Elinor Ostrom's polycentric governance approach to fiscal federalism. In her master's thesis, she investigated congestion management measures and multinational power grid planning using a flow-based electricity pricing model and was awarded the Swiss Association for Energy Economics (SAEE) prize for her work.