Dr. Albert Roger

Senior Research Fellow

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

+49 89 24246-591

Areas of Interest:

Environmental and Resource Economics, Innovation, Empirical Industrial Organization

Academic Résumé

11/2022 – current
Senior Research Fellow at the  Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research)

05/2019 – 10/2022
Ph.D. Student (Supervisor: Prof. Timo Goeschl, Ph.D.), Alfred Weber-Institute for Economics, University of Heidelberg

05/2015 – 11/2021
Researcher, ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research, Research Unit “Environmental and Resource Economics”, Environmental Management, Mannheim

09/2010 – 07/2013
Graduate Engineer (Dipl.-Ing. Univ.), Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Munich (TUM)

09/2005 – 05/2014
Degree Chemical Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona

Work Experience

05/2014 – 04/2015
Freelance Consultant, i.a. Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

10/2013 – 03/2014
Internship, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Eschborn

07/2013 – 10/2013
Student Research Assistant, Chair of Energy Management and Application Technology, Technical University of Munich (TUM)


Articles in Refereed Journals

Huber, Matthias; Roger, Albert; Hamacher, Thomas (2015). Optimizing Long-Term Investments for a Sustainable Development of the ASEAN Power System, Energy: The International Journal, 88, 180-193. DOI

  • The electricity consumption in the ASEAN (Association of East Asian Nations) region is one of the fastest growing in the world and will lead to a dramatic increase in greenhouse gas emissions in the next decades. A decarbonization of the region's electricity supply is thus a very important measure when taking action on global climate change. This paper defines cost-optimal pathways towards a sustainable power system in the region by employing linear optimization. The proposed model simultaneously optimizes the required capacities and the hourly operation of generation, transmission, and storage. The obtained results show that all different kinds of renewable sources will have to be utilized, while none of them should have a share of more than one third. The findings give reason for setting up an ASEAN power grid, as it enables the transportation of electricity from the best sites to load centers and leads to a balancing of the fluctuations from wind and solar generation. We suggest fostering a diversified extension of renewables and to elaborate on political and technical solutions that enable the build up an transnational supergrid.

Contributions to Collected Editions

Roger, Albert (2018). Outlook: Can Environmental Product Standards Enable Eco-Innovation?, in: Jens Horbach, Christiane Reif (eds.), New Developments in Eco-Innovation Research. Sustainability and Innovation (Sustainability and Innovation), 95-122. Cham: Springer. DOI

  • Environmental product standards (EPS) certifying environmental product attributes are key for fostering sustainable consumption, which is an essential measure for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations. EPS, also called environmental labels or eco-labels, are intended to describe environmental features of consumer goods and raise consumers’ awareness about sustainability. By fostering sustainable consumption they can become one of the main policy instruments for tackling climate change. They can be mandatory, where the provision of information is compulsory, or voluntary. In both cases EPS aim at correcting the information asymmetry between consumers and providers. Evidence shows that demand-pull is a decisive factor for firms’ to voluntarily provide environmental quality. Thus, by enhancing consumers’ awareness, it can spur eco-innovation. Nevertheless, EPS have also raised some concerns about barriers to trade and “greenwashing”. Furthermore, the recent multiplication of EPS has fostered a label competition, confusing prospective consumers, and thus endangering potential sustainability benefits resulting from EPS. The aim of this chapter is to provide policymakers with an overview on how EPS can support eco-innovation. For this purpose we first describe the different types of labels and review evidence on the different impacts of EPS. Later on, we analyze drivers, benefits and barriers of adoption of EPS and their relation to eco-innovation and environmental performance. Finally, we provide an overview on new behavioral insights to EPS.


Roger, Albert (2022). Essays on the Economics of Competition and Innovation under Environmental Regulation. Heidelberg: Heidelberg University.

Honors, Scholarships, Academic Prizes

Environmental Prize of the Viktor and Sigrid Dulger Foundation for the dissertation “Essays on the Economics of Competition and Innovation under Environmental Regulation”

Landesgraduiertenförderung (LGF), Completion Grant Program, University of Heidelberg


Estimating Technological Gains and Losses from Environmental Regulation
Annual Conference of the Scientific Commission for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (TIE), Goethe University Frankfurt
Location: Frankfurt am Main

Estimating Technological Gains and Losses from Environmental Regulation
The Max Planck Climate Conference for a Sustainable Anthropocene, Harnack House
Location: Berlin

Estimating Technological Gains and Losses from Environmental Regulation
TIME Colloquium, LMU
Location: München

International Environmental Agreements, and the Timing and Direction of Technological Change: Evidence from the Kigali Amendment
Workshop on “The Role of Public Research and Innovation Measures on Mitigating Climate Change”, IfW Kiel
Location: Kiel

Essays on the Economics of Competition and Innovation under Environmental Regulation
Sustainable Development – Young Researchers in Action, University of Heidelberg
Location: Heidelberg

International Environmental Agreements and the Timing and Direction of Technological Change: Evidence from the Kigali Amendment
9th ZEW/MaCCI Conference on the Economics of Innovation and Patenting
Location: Mannheim

Patents as Options: Estimating Technological Gains and Losses from International Environmental Agreements
Annual Conference of the Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI)
Location: Mannheim

Estimating Technological Gains and Losses from International Environmental Agreements: The Case of Stock Pollutants
IX International Academic Symposium: Energy Transition and Opportunities for Global Economic Recovery
Location: Online