Vera is an applied environmental economist interested in the interplay of environmental policies and firms. Her current research interests lie in the allocation of free emission certificates in the European emission trading scheme and in evaluating the potential of green public procurement as environmental policy tool. She is an Economics PhD student at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and the Technical University of Berlin. Vera holds a MSc in Economics from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and a BSc in Economics from the University of Maastricht. Vera has worked as a Junior Economist at the OECD (on green growth indicators, the effect of environmental regulation on firms’ productivity), the European Comission DG Energy (on energy markets) and the Institute for the World Economy (IfW Kiel) (on co-movements of consumption data).
Research - 2017
Benchmarks within emissions trading schemes are used to determine the level of free allocation of permits to sectors at the risk of carbon leakage. This paper analyses how the design of such benchmarks can impact on firms’ production decisions and create efficient incentives for production and technology choices. Read more