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Hilary Sigman, Noted Environmental Economist, Joins RFF as Nonresident Fellow

CONTACT: Pete Nelson, 202-328-5191,

WASHINGTON – Hilary Sigman, a professor of economics at Rutgers University, has joined Resources for the Future as a nonresident fellow.

Sigman, also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), specializes in the empirical effects of environmental policy. Her current research focuses on the law and economics of brownfields, international water resources, and the environmental implications of decentralization of public policies.

“Professor Sigman is a leading environmental economist who often tackles some of the more difficult policy issues of our time with rigorous and innovative analysis,” said RFF Vice President for Research Mark Cohen. “One of her main areas of research has been the difficult problem of transboundary issues, such as federal-versus-state implementation and enforcement of environmental regulations, and pollution of rivers that cross national boundaries. In addition, she is one of a handful of environmental economists who has made significant contributions to our understanding of the economics of compliance and enforcement. We are very excited that Professor Sigman has agreed to join RFF as a nonresident fellow and we look forward to her frequent visits to our office in DC. “

Sigman has served on the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science Advisory Board, as well as on the Board of Directors of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation as well as EPA.

She holds a B.A. from Yale, a Master of Philosophy from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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