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Carolyn Fischer
Senior Fellow and Associate Director, Center for Climate and Electricity Policy
Fellow, Norwegian Academy of Sciences, Center for Advanced Study on Environmental Economics, 2005.
Joseph L. Fisher Dissertation Award, Resources for the Future, 1996 - 1997.
Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan, 1995 - 1996.
Summer Institute in Behavioral Economics, University of California at Berkeley, sponsored by the Russell Sage Foundation, Summer, 1996.
Third-Year Paper Prize, University of Michigan, Department of Economics, 1994.
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship, Universitat Regensburg, Germany, Summer 1992.
International Relations Senior Class Valedictorian, University of Pennsylvania, 1990.
Benjamin Franklin Scholar, University of Pennsylvania, 1986 - 1990.
Fellow, Resources for the Future, 1997 - present.
Instructor, Johns Hopkins University, 1999.
Research and teaching assistant, University of Michigan, Department of Economics, 1992 - 1996.
Staff Economist, Council of Economic Advisors, 1994 - 1995.
Intern for Land, Capital Assets, and Global Change Branch of USDA's Economic Research Service, Resources and Technology Division, Summer 1992.
Economic Analyst for World Service division of The WEFA Group, 1990 - 1991.
AERE Program Committee, 2005-2008.
Climate Policy
Ecological Economics
Environment and Development Economics
Environmental and Resource Economics
International Journal of Industrial Organization
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management
Journal of Public Economics
Journal of Regulatory Economics
Resource and Energy Economics
Featured Publications
Combining Rate-based and Cap–and–Trade Emissions Policies
Carolyn Fischer
Climate Policy | December 2003 | Vol. 3, Supplement 2 | pp. S89-S103
A Theory of Multi-Tier Ecolabels
Carolyn Fischer
134th EAAE Seminar on “Labels on sustainability: an issue for consumers, producers, policy makers, and NGOs” | European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) | Paris, France | March 22, 2013
Environmental and Technology Policy Options in the Electricity Sector: Interactions and Outcomes
Carolyn Fischer
Seminar, The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment | London School of Economics | London, UK | January 16, 2013
Comparing Policies to Combat Emissions Leakage: Border Tax Adjustments versus Rebates
Carolyn Fischer and Alan K. Fox
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management | September 2012 | Vol. 64, No. 2. | pp. 199–216 | Related Discussion Paper 09-02
Alternative Climate Policies and Intertemporal Emissions Leakage: Quantifying the Green Paradox
Carolyn Fischer, Stephen W. Salant
RFF Discussion Paper 12-16 | April 2012
Climate Policy, Uncertainty, and the Role of Technological Innovation
Carolyn Fischer and Thomas Sterner
Journal of Public Economy Theory | March 2012 | Vol. 14, No. 2 | pp. 285-309.
Alternative Climate Policies and Intertemporal Emissions Leakage
Carolyn Fischer
ASSA Meetings | American Economic Association | Chicago, IL | January 6, 2012
Cost-Effective Unilateral Climate Policy Design: Size Matters
Cristoph Bohringer, Carolyn Fischer, Knut Einar Rosendahl
RFF Discussion Paper 11-34 | July 2011
The Role of Trade and Competitiveness Measures in US Climate Policy
Carolyn Fischer and Alan K.Fox
American Economic Review | May 2011 | Vol. 101, No. 3 | pp. 258–62
Emissions Targets and the Real Business Cycle: Intensity Targets versus Caps or Taxes
Carolyn Fischer, Michael R. Springborn
RFF Discussion Paper 09-47 REV | April 2011
Related journal article
The Role of Trade and Competitiveness Measures in U.S. Climate Policy
Carolyn Fischer
AEA session Critical Issues in National Climate Policy Design | American Economic Association | Denver, CO | January 9, 2011
The Global Effects of Subglobal Climate Policies
Christoph Boehringer, Carolyn Fischer, and Knut Einar Rosendahl
The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy | Vol. 10, No. 2 | Related Discussion Paper 10-48
On the Scope for Output-Based Rebating in Climate Policy: When Revenue Recycling Isn’t Enough (or Isn’t Possible)
Carolyn Fischer, Alan Fox
RFF Discussion Paper 10-69 | December 2010
Imperfect Competition, Consumer Behavior, and the Provision of Fuel Efficiency in Light-Duty Vehicles
Carolyn Fischer
RFF Discussion Paper 10-60 | December 2010
Combining Policies for Renewable Energy: Is the Whole Less Than the Sum of Its Parts?
Carolyn Fischer and Louis Preonas
International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics | Vol. 4, No. 1 | pp. 51-92 | Related Discussion Paper 10-19
Does Trade Help or Hinder the Conservation of Natural Resources?
Carolyn Fischer
Review of Environmental Economics and Policy | Winter 2010 | Vol. 4, No. 1 | pp. 103-121
Combining Rebates with Carbon Taxes: Optimal Strategies for Coping with Emissions Leakage and Tax Interactions
Carolyn Fischer, Alan Fox
RFF Discussion Paper 09-12 | May 2009
Spatial Management of Invasive Species: Pathways and Policy Options
Jim N. Sanchirico, Heidi J. Albers, Carolyn Fischer and Conrad Coleman
Environmental and Resource Economics | April 2010 | Vol. 45, No. 4 | 517-535
When do Renewable Portfolio Standards Lower Electricity Prices?
Fischer, C.
The Energy Journal | 2010 | Vol. 31, No. 1 | 101-120. | Related Discussion Paper 06-20
Output-Based Allocation of Emissions Permits for Mitigating Tax and Trade Interactions
Carolyn Fischer and Alan Fox
Land Economics | 2007 | Vol. 83, No. 4 | pp. 575-599 | Related Discussion Paper 04-37
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Good Climate Policy, and Bad
Thursday, December 03, 2009
The Economist
Car Dealer Offers Carbon Offsets; First 400 Sales Get $70 Credit
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Washington Times
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