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Carolyn Fischer
Senior Fellow
202-328-5012
fischer@rff.org
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PROFILE
Carolyn Fischer is a senior fellow at Resources for the Future and associate director of its Center for Climate and Electricity Policy. Her research focuses on policy mechanisms and modeling tools that cut across a variety of environmental and resource management issues. In the areas of climate change and energy policy, she has published articles on designing cap-and-trade programs, fuel economy standards, renewable portfolio standards, energy efficiency programs, technology policies, the Clean Development Mechanism, and the evaluation of international climate policy commitments. A recent focus of her research is the interplay between international trade and climate policy, options for avoiding carbon leakage, and the implications for energy-intensive, trade-exposed sectors. In areas of natural resources management, she has addressed issues of eco-certification, wildlife conservation, invasive species, and biotechnology, with particular emphasis on the opportunities and challenges posed by international trade.
  
Featured Publications
Combining Rate-based and Cap–and–Trade Emissions Policies
Carolyn Fischer
Climate Policy | December 2003 | Vol. 3, Supplement 2 | pp. S89-S103
 
Environmental and Technology Policy Options in the Electricity Sector: Interactions and Outcomes
Carolyn Fischer, Richard G. Newell, Louis Preonas
RFF Discussion Paper 13-20 | December 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
 
Emissions Targets and the Real Business Cycle
Carolyn Fischer and Michael Springborn
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management | November 2011 | Vol. 62, No. 3, | 352–366 | Related Discussion Paper 09-47 REV
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Comparing Policies to Combat Emissions Leakage: Border Tax Adjustments versus Rebates
Carolyn Fischer, Alan Fox
RFF Discussion Paper 09-02 | February 2009
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Environmental and Technology Policies for Climate Mitigation
Carolyn Fischer and Richard Newell
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management | 2008 | Vol. 55, No. 2 | pp. 142-162 | Related Discussion Paper 04-05
 
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BOOKS AND BOOK CHAPTERS
Are Consumers or Fuel Economy Policies Efficient?
Carolyn Fischer
Reducing Climate Impacts in the Transportation Sector | Daniel Sperling and James S. Cannon, eds. | Springer | 2009
 
The Critical Role of Technology for International Climate Change Policy
Carolyn Fischer and Christian Egenhofer
Beyond Bali: Strategic Issues for the international climate change negotiations | Christian Egenhofer | Brussels, Belgium: Center for European Policy Studies | 2008
 
Americans, Cars, and Fuel Economy (and Economists)
Carolyn Fischer
Consilience. Interdisciplinary Communications 2005/2006 | Willy Østreng | Oslo, Norway: Center for Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters | 2007
 
Technical Innovation and Design Choices for Emissions Trading and Other Climate Policies
Carolyn Fischer
Climate Protection and Emissions Trading | Bernd Hansjuergens, ed. | UK: Cambridge University Press | 2005
 
Rewarding Automakers for Fuel Economy Improvements
Carolyn Fischer and Paul R. Portney
New Approaches on Energy and the Environment: Policy Advice for the President | Richard D. Morgenstern and Paul R. Portney, eds. | RFF Press | 2004 | Chapter 6
 
Economic Issues Related to Design of a Domestic Permit Trading System
Carolyn Fischer
Global Warming in Asian Pacific | Chi-Cheng, Robert Mendelsohn and Daigee Shaw, editors | Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar Publishing, Ltd. | 2003
 
Multilateral Trade Agreements and Market-Based Environmental Policies
Carolyn Fischer, Sandra Hoffmann, and Yutaka Yoshino
In Critical Issues in International Environmental Taxation: International and Comparative Perspectives, Volume 1 | Janet Milne, Kurt Deketelaere, Larry Kreiser, and Hope Ashiabor, eds. | Richmond, UK: Richmond Law and Tax Ltd. | 2003
 
Commentary: Does the Monopolist Care about Resistance?
Carolyn Fischer
Battling Resistance to Antibiotics and Pesticides: An Economic Approach | Ramanan Laxminarayan, Editor | Washington, DC: RFF Press | 2002
 
International Emissions Trading Design and Tax Shifting by Multinational Corporations
Carolyn Fischer
Critical Issues in International Environmental Taxation | Lawrence Kreiser, ed. | Riverwoods, IL: CCH Inc. | 2001
 
Using Emissions Trading to Regulate National Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Carolyn Fischer, Suzi Kerr, Michael A. Toman
Climate Change Economics and Policy: An RFF Anthology | Michael A. Toman | Washington, DC: RFF Press | 2001
 
Environmentally and Economically Damaging Subsidies: Concepts and Illustrations
Carolyn Fischer and Michael A. Toman
Climate Change Economics and Policy: An RFF Anthology | Michael A. Toman | Washington, DC: RFF Press | 2001
 
Climate Change Policy Choices and Technical Innovation
Carolyn Fischer
Climate Change Economics and Policy: An RFF Anthology | Michael A. Toman | Washington, DC: RFF Press | 2001
 
  
NEWS
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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