Carolyn Fischer

Senior Fellow, and Associate Director of Center for Climate and Electricity Policy, Resources for the Future, Washington, USA

Dr. Carolyn Fischer applies microeconomic theory to a broad range of environmental issues. In the climate and energy policy arena, she has published articles on designing cap-and-trade programs, fuel economy standards, renewable portfolio standards, energy efficiency programs, technology policies, and the Clean Development Mechanism.  Her recent research focuses on the effects and effectiveness of overlapping policy instruments. A particular interest regards the interplay between international trade and climate policy, options for avoiding carbon leakage, and the implications for energy-intensive, trade-exposed sectors.

Fischer earned her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan before joining RFF in 1997. She is also a Fellow of the CESifo research network, a Visiting Professor at Gothenburg University, and a Dahrendorf Visiting Fellow of the London School of Economics. She serves as an editorial board member for Resource and Energy Economics, was a past board member of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and was a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisors during the Clinton Administration.