Prof. Dr. Colin Vance

Decarbonizing mobility
School of Business, Social & Decision Sciences
Constructor University Bremen gGmbH
Res. IV | Campus Ring 1 | 28759 Bremen
Phone number
+49 421 200-3410
Fax number
+49 421 200-3303
Email Address
Research IV, Room 66
Research Interests

Colin Vance received a degree in International Relations from Boston University in 1993 and a Ph. D. in Economics from Clark University in 2000. His general fields of research are energy and transportation policy, economic development, and global environmental change. His specific research interests include the application of Geographic Information Systems and spatial econometric modeling, much of which has focused on explaining land use change in Mexico based on the linkage of satellite imagery and surveys from farm households. Colin concurrently serves as a senior analyst with RWI, an economics research institute in Essen. He was previously employed with the US Environmental Protection Agency and later with the German Aerospace Centre’s Institute of Transport Studies, where he served as an economic expert on several projects funded by the European Commission.


Funded Projects

“JUSTNature: Activation of Nature-Based Solutions for a Just Low Carbon Transition" European Commission – Horizon 2020, 2021-2025

"Human-Centric Energy Districts: Smart Value Generation by Building Efficiency and Energy Justice for Sustainable Living,” European Commission - MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE ACTIONS, 2019-2023.

Deep Transformation Scenarios for Informing the Climate Policy Discourse (DIPOL), Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), 2018-2021.

Direkte, Indirekte, Psychologische und Makroökonomische Rebound-Effekte (License), Federal Ministry of Education and Research, (BMBF) 2018-2021. 

Dynamic Modeling of Production Technologies, Project A3 of SFB832,.Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), 2009-2021. 

From Dusk till Dieselgate: Policy insights from a Comparison of Mobility in Germany and the United States, Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung, 2017-2020. 

“Contributing to the Coral Commons”, Leibniz-Vorhaben im wettbewerblichen Verfahren im Rahmen des Paktes für Forschung und Innovation, 2014-2017.

“Evaluating Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Policies (Eval-MAP): The Need for a Household Energy Consumption Panel”, BMBF-Förderprogramm: Ökonomie des Klimawandels., 2012-2015.

European Commission’s Sixth Framework Programme, “REORIENT: Implementing Change in the European Railway Area.” Consortium of the German Aerospace Center, the Institute of Transport Economics, Isdefe, Napier University, Rand Europe, the University of Bologna, the University of Maryland, and subcontractors, 2005 – 2007.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, “Land-Cover and Land-Use Change in the Southern Yucatán Peninsula Region.” Consortium of Clark University, Harvard University, and El Colegio de la Frontera Sur,1997 – 2000.

Selected Publications

(since 2010)

Eilers, L., A. Paloyo, C. Vance (2021) Rental Prices in Germany: A Comparison Between Migrants and Natives. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 68: 434-466.

Frondel, M., C. Marggraf, S. Sommer, C. Vance (2021) Reducing Vehicle Cold Start Emissions through Carbon Pricing: Evidence from Germany. Environmental Research Letters, 16(3) 034041.

Goetzke, F., C. Vance (2021) An Increasing Gasoline Price Elasticity in the United States? Energy Economics, 95 104982.

Sommer, S. and Vance, C., 2021. Do more chargers mean more electric cars? Environmental Research Letters. 16(6) 064092

Tomberg, L., K. Smith Stegen, C. Vance (2021) „The Mother of all Political Problems”? On Asylum Seekers and Elections. European Journal of Political Economy, 67, 101981.

Simora, M., C. Vance, M. Frondel (2020) Do financial incentives increase the acceptance of power lines? Evidence from Germany. Regional Science and Urban Economics (forthcoming).

Frondel, M., A. Gerster, C. Vance (2020) The Power of Mandatory Quality Disclosure: Evidence from the German Housing Market. Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists 7(1): 181-208.

Frondel, M., M. Horvath, C. Vance, A. Kihm (2020) Increased Market Transparency in Germany's Gasoline Market: What about Rockets and Feathers? Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, 54(2): 102-120.

Behl, P., H. Dette, M. Frondel, C. Vance (2019) A Focused Information Criterion for Quantile Regression: Evi-dence for the Rebound Effect. Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance 71: 223-227.

Frondel, M., S. Sommer, C. Vance (2019) Heterogeneity in Residential Electricity Consumption: A Quantile Re-gression. Energy Policy 131: 370-379.

LeSage, J., Y. Chih, C. Vance (2019) Markov Chain Monte Carlo Estimation of Spatial Dynamic Panel Models for Large Samples. Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, 138: 107-125.

Alashkar, F., Schemuth, H.P., Nensa, F., Göbel, J., Vance, C., Forsting, M., Dührsen, U., Schlosser, T.W. and Röth, A., 2018. The Role of Whole-Body Magnetic Resonance Imaging (WB-MRI) in Patients with Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH). Nature - Scientific Reports, 8(1), p.13458.

Dütschke, E., M. Frondel, J. Schleich, C. Vance (2018) Moral Licensing – Another Source of Rebound? Frontiers in Energy Research 6 (38): 1-10.

Frondel, M., C. Vance (2018) Drivers’ Response to Fuel Taxes and Efficiency Standards: Evidence from Germany. Transportation 45 (3): 989-1001.

Gallier, C., J. Langbein, C. Vance (2018) Non-binding restrictions, cooperation, and coral reef protection: Experimental evidence from Indonesian fishing communities. Ecological Economics 150: 62-71.

Nelson, K.M., A. Schlüter, C. Vance (2018) Distributional Preferences and Donation Behavior among Marine Resource Users in Wakatobi, Indonesia. Ocean & Coastal Management 162: 34-45.

Procher, V., N. Ritter, C. Vance (2018) Housework Allocation in Germany: The Role of Income and Gender Identity. Social Science Quarterly 99 (1): 43-61.

Andor, M.A., M. Frondel, C. Vance (2017) Mitigating Hypothetical Bias: Evidence on the Effects of Correctives from a Large Field Study. Environmental and Resource Economics 68 (3): 777-796.

Andor, M., M. Frondel, C. Vance (2017) Germany’s Energiewende: A tale of increasing costs and decreasing willingness-to-pay. Energy Journal: 211-228.

Frondel, M., M. Martinez-Flores, C. Vance (2017) Heterogeneous Rebound Effects in Individual Mobility: Evidence from German Households. Journal of Transport Economics and Policy 51 (2): 95-114.

Frondel, M., C. Vance (2017) Cycling on the Extensive and Intensive Margin – The Role of Paths and Prices. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice 104: 21-31.

Langbein, J., J. Peters, C. Vance (2017) Outdoor Cooking prevalence in developing countries and its implication for clean cooking policies. Environmental Research Letters 12 (11): 1-13.

LeSage, J. P., C. Vance, Y. Chih (2017) A Bayesian Heterogeneous Coefficients Spatial Autoregressive Panel Data Model of Retail Fuel Price Rivalry. Regional Science and Urban Economics 62: 46-65.

Nelson, K., A. Schlüter, C. Vance (2017) Funding Conservation Locally: Insights from Behavioral Experiments in Indonesia. Conservation Letters, 11 (2):

Frondel, M., C.M. Schmidt, C. Vance (2016) Asymmetry: Resurrecting the Roots. Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance 60: 201-206.

Frondel, M., C. Vance, A. Kihm (2016) Time Lags in the Pass-Through of Crude-Oil Prices: Big Data Evidence from the German Gasoline Market. Applied Economics Letters 23 (10): 713-717.

Kihm, A., N. Ritter, C. Vance (2016) "Is the German retail gas market competitive? A spatial-temporal analysis using quantile regression" Land Economics 92 (4): 718-736.

Kihm, A., C. Vance (2016) The determinants of equity transmission between the new and used car markets: A hedonic analysis. Journal of the Operational Research Society 67 (10): 1250-1258.

Ritter, N., C.M. Schmidt, C. Vance (2016) Short-run fuel price responses: At the pump and on the road. Energy Economics 58: 67-76.

Frondel, M., S. Sommer, C. Vance (2015) The Burden of Germany's Energy Transition: An Empirical Analysis of Distributional Effects. Economic Analysis and Policy 45: 89–99

Andor, M., M. Frondel, C. Vance (2014) Hypothetische Zahlungsbereitschaft für grünen Strom: Bekundete Präferenzen privater Haushalte für das Jahr 2013. Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik 15 (4): 1-12.

Frondel, M., C.M. Schmidt, C. Vance (2014) Revisiting Germany’s Solar Cell Promotion: An Unfolding Disaster. Economic Analysis and Policy 44 (1): 3-13.

Frondel, M., C. Vance (2014), More Pain at the Diesel Pump? An Econometric Comparison of Diesel and Petrol Price Elasticities. Journal of Transport Economics and Policy 48 (3):449-463.

Paloyo, A.R., C. Vance, M. Vorell (2014) Local determinants of crime: Do military bases matter? Demographic Research 31 (22): 64-682.

Peters, J., C. Strupat, C. Vance (2014) Television and Contraceptive Use – Panel Evidence from Rural Indonesia. Journal of Development Studies 50 (11): 1538-1549.

Vance, C., N. Ritter (2014) Is Peace a Missing Value or a Zero? Journal of Peace Research 51 (4), 528-540.

Frondel, M., C. Vance (2013) Re-Identifying the Rebound: What about Asymmetry? The Energy Journal 34: 43-54.

Frondel, M., C. Vance (2013) Heterogeneity in the Effect of Home Energy Audits: Theory and Evidence. Environmental and Resource Economics 55: 407-418.

Frondel, M., C. Vance (2013) Energy efficiency: Don’t belittle the rebound effect (Letter to the editor). Nature February 28: 494.

Keller, R., C. Vance (2013) Landscape Pattern and Car Use: Linking Household Data with Satellite Imagery. Journal of Transport Geography 33: 250-257.

Ritter, N., C. Vance (2013) Do Fewer People Mean Fewer Cars? Population Decline and Car Ownership in Germany. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice 50: 74-85.

Frondel, M., N. Ritter, C. Vance (2012) Heterogeneity in the Rebound Effect – Further Evidence for Germany. Energy Economics 34: 461-467.

Iovanna, R., C. Vance (2012) Land Conversion and Market Equilibrium: Insights from a Simulated Landscape. Annals of Regional Science 50: 169-184.

Procher, V., C. Vance (2012) Heterogeneity in the Correlates of Motorized and Non-Motorized Travel in Germany: The Interventing Role of Gender. Transportation Research Record 2320: 72-79.

Vance, C., M. Peistrup (2011) She’s Got a Ticket to Ride: Gender and Public Transit Passes. Transportation 39: 1105-1119.

Vance, C., N. Ritter (2011) The Phantom Menace of Omitted Variables: A Comment. Conflict Management and Peace Science 29: 233-238.

Busch, C., C. Vance (2011) The Diffusion of Cattle Ranching and Deforestation: Prospects for a Hollow Frontier in Mexico's Yucatán. Land Economics 87: 682-698.

Frondel, M., C.M. Schmidt, C. Vance (2011) A Regression on Climate Policy - The European Commission's Proposal to Reduce CO2 Emissions from Transport. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice 45: 1043-1051.

Frondel, M., C. Vance (2011) Rarely Enjoyed? A Count Data Analysis of Ridership in Germany's Public Transport. Transport Policy 18 (2): 425-433.

Ritter, N. and C. Vance (2011), The Determinants of Bicycle Helmet Use: Evidence from Germany. Accident Analysis and Prevention 43: 95-100.

Frondel, M., N. Ritter, C.M. Schmidt, C. Vance (2010) Economic Impacts from the Promotion of Renewable Energy Technologies: The German Experience. Energy Policy 38: 4048-4056.

Frondel, M., C. Vance (2010) Driving for Fun? Comparing the Effect of Fuel Prices on Weekday and Weekend Fuel Consumption. Energy Economics 32 (1): 102-109.

Frondel, M., C. Vance (2010) Fixed, Random, or Something in Between? –A Variant of Hausman’s Specification Test for Panel Data Estimators. Economics Letters 107: 27-329.

Paloyo, A., C. Vance, M. Vorell (2010) The Regional Economic Effects of Military Base Realignments and Closures in Germany. Defence and Peace Economics 21: 567-579.


University Education

Clark University

Postgraduate Degree, Economics

1993 - 2000

Boston University

Bachelor of Arts - BA, International Relations

1988 - 1992

Work Experience

Deputy Director of Environment and Resources at RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

Economist at German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Economist at US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)