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Carolyn Fischer is professor of environmental economics at VU-Amsterdam, a senior fellow with Resources for the Future, a Tinbergen Institute affiliate, and a fellow of the CESifo Research Network. She was the Marks Visiting Professor at Gothenburg University 2017-2018 and an EU Marie Skłodowska–Curie Fellow 2014-2016. She currently serves as Vice President and Council Member for the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. She is co-editor of Environmental and Resource Economics and serves on the editorial board of the Review of Environmental Economics and Policy and the International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics. She earned her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor in 1997.


Fischer's research explores questions of environmental policy instrument design. She applies microeconomic theory and other modeling techniques to a variety of environmental and resource management issues, including climate and renewable energy policies, carbon leakage, technological innovation, eco-certification, and wildlife conservation.


Environmental and natural resource economics and policy instrument design (classes and thesis supervision).

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Research Output 2003 2018

Strategic technology policy as a supplement to renewable energy standards

Fischer, C., Greaker, M. & Rosendahl, K. E. 1 Feb 2018 In : Resource and Energy Economics. 51, p. 84-98 15 p.

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Balancing the carbon budget for oil: The distributive effects of alternative policies

Fischer, C. & Salant, S. W. 1 Oct 2017 In : European Economic Review. 99, p. 191-215 25 p.

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Disease Risk and Market Structure in Salmon Aquaculture

Fischer, C., Guttormsen, A. & Smith, M. 2017 In : Water Economics and Policy. 3, 2, 1650015

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Environmental Protection for Sale: Strategic Green Industrial Policy and Climate Finance

Fischer, C. 1 Mar 2017 In : Environmental and Resource Economics. 66, 3, p. 553-575 23 p.

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