PhD Student
since 2019
PhD Track: Economics

Nils Handler

Fields of research

Energy Transition, Green Growth, Causal Inference, Economic Complexity

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Nils Handler has a keen interest in investigating policies aimed at decarbonising the economy and achieving the energy transition at least cost. More broadly he seeks to understand how our social contract needs to be recalibrated in the light of the emerging green growth paradigm.


Nils is a development economist by training holding MSc degrees in Development Economics from the London School of Economics and the Barcelona School of Economics, as well as a BSc in International Economics from the University of Tuebingen. He has worked for the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C. before starting his PhD at the Berlin School of Economics. 

Research interests

  • green economic complexity and innovation fostering green growth
  • behavioural and experimental economics 
  • causal inference, RCTs and policy evaluation