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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).

Ancillary activities

  • Environment for Development Initiative | Gothenburg | Bestuurder | 2018-01-01 - present
  • Environmental and Resource Economics | Berlin | Bestuurder | 2018-01-01 - present
  • European Association of Environmental and Resource Economist | Venice | Bestuurder | 2018-01-01 - present
  • Gothenburg University | Gothenburg | Marks Visiting Professor | 2018-01-01 - present
  • Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Ch | Berlin | Bestuurder | 2018-01-01 - present
  • CMCC - Euro Mediterranean Center for Climate Change | Venice | Bestuurder | 2018-05-01 - present
  • University of Ottawa | Ottawa | Medewerker | 2018-11-01 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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Research Output 2003 2019

A theory of multitier ecolabel competition

Fischer, C. & Lyon, T. P., 1 May 2019, In : Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. 6, 3, p. 461-501 41 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

nongovernmental organization

Developing Guidance for Implementing Border Carbon Adjustments: Lessons, Cautions, and Research Needs from the Literature

Cosbey, A., Droege, S., Fischer, C. & Munnings, C., 21 Feb 2019, In : Review of Environmental Economics and Policy. 13, 1, p. 3-22 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review


How to avoid history repeating itself: the case for an EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) price floor revisited

Flachsland, C., Pahle, M., Burtraw, D., Edenhofer, O., Elkerbout, M., Fischer, C., Tietjen, O. & Zetterberg, L., 2019, In : Climate Policy. p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

emissions trading
greenhouse gas

Policy design for the Anthropocene

Sterner, T., Barbier, E. B., Bateman, I., van den Bijgaart, I., Crépin, A. S., Edenhofer, O., Fischer, C., Habla, W., Hassler, J., Johansson-Stenman, O., Lange, A., Polasky, S., Rockström, J., Smith, H. G., Steffen, W., Wagner, G., Wilen, J. E., Alpízar, F., Azar, C., Carless, D. & 8 othersChávez, C., Coria, J., Engström, G., Jagers, S. C., Köhlin, G., Löfgren, Å., Pleijel, H. & Robinson, A., 1 Jan 2019, In : Nature Sustainability. 2, 1, p. 14-21 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Earth (planet)
scientific discipline
social scientist

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.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Renewable energy
Technology policy
Energy technology

Activities 2009 2018

  • 4 Membership
  • 3 Editorial work
  • 1 PhD thesis examination

Tinbergen Institute (Organisational unit)

Carolyn Fischer (Member)

Activity: MembershipAcademic

Smart Prosperity (External organisation)

Carolyn Fischer (Member)

Activity: MembershipSocietal

EAERE (External organisation)

Carolyn Fischer (Board member)

Activity: MembershipAcademic

Ton van Bremer

Carolyn Fischer (Examiner)
30 Nov 2018

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination

Environmental and Resource Economics (Journal)

Carolyn Fischer (Associate editor)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic


natural sciences

Press / Media

Five myths about an EU ETS carbon price floor

Carolyn Fischer


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment