University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Economics

Faculty - Donna Ramirez-Harrington

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Associate Professor

  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004
  • CV (PDF)
Area of expertise

Environmental economics and policy, environmental regulation, corporate environmental strategy

Contact Information
Phone: 802-656-0964
Office Location: 233 Old Mill
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Dr. Ramirez-Harrington comes to the UVM Economics Department from the University of Guelph where she was an Assistant Professor from 2004 until 2007. She finished her PhD from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2004. She received her undergraduate degree in economics at the University of the Philippines in 1996.

Her research interests are in the field of environmental economics. She is interested in analyzing the role of various types of environmental policy instruments in improving environmental performance of firms, with emphasis on the more contemporary types which rely on environmental management systems (EMS), voluntary technology adoption, and information disclosure mechanisms.


Journal Articles

Patent Citations and Network Effects from Climate Wise Program (2015), Economics Bulletin, Vol. 35 No. 4 p.A234, (with B. Graham and K. Brouhle).

The Role of Environmental Audits in Reducing Water Effluent Levels (with D. Earnhart), Accepted in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management on May 2014.

Does Pollution Prevention Reduce Toxic Emissions? A Dynamic Panel Data Model, Forthcoming at Land Economics May 1, 2014 Vol. 90 No. 2 199-221 (with G. Deltas and M. Khanna).

EMS and the VCR: The roll of environmental management systems in the Canadian Voluntary Climate and Challenge Registry, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Vol. 57, Issue 8, 2014.

Green Management and the Nature of Pollution Prevention Innovation, Accepted at Applied Economics on January 2013 (with G. Deltas and M. Khanna).

Market with (Somewhat) Environmentally Conscious Consumers, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy Vol 22, Issue 3, pages 640-667, Fall 2013 (with G. Deltas and M. Khanna).

Innovation under the Climate Wise Program, Forthcoming at Resource and Energy Economics, May 2013, 35 (2): 91-112 (with K. Brouhle and B. Graham).

Effectiveness of State Pollution Prevention Programs and Policies, Contemporary Economic Policy, 31 (2): April 2013, 255-278.

Two-Stage Adoption of Pollution Prevention Technologies, Resource and Energy Economics, January 2012, 34(3), 349-373.

GHG Registries: Participation and Performance under the Canadian Voluntary Climate Challenge Program, Environmental and Resource Economics, December 2010, 47(4): 521-548. (with K. Brouhle).

Adoption of Pollution Prevention Techniques: The Role of Management Systems, Demand-Side Factors and Complementary Assets, Environmental and Resource Economics, September 2009, 44 (1): 85-106. (with M. Khanna and G. Deltas).

Firm Strategy and the Canadian Voluntary Climate Challenge and Registry (VCR), Business Strategy and the Environment, 2009, 18, 360-379 (with K. Brouhle).

Striving to be Green: The Adoption of Total Quality Environmental Management, Applied Economics, December 2008, 40: 2995-3007. (with M. Khanna and G. Deltas).

Evaluating an Environmental Right: Public Comment and Government Decision Making in Ontario, Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, July 2008, 56(3): 277-294. (with B.J. Deaton and A. Lintner).

Probability distributions for carbon emissions and atmospheric response, Climatic Change, From the issue entitled "Special Topic on Carbon Budgets", April 2008, 88(3-4): 309-342, (with C.E. Singer, T.S.G. Rethinaraj, S. Addy, D. Durham, M. Isik, M. Khanna, B.Kuehl, J. Luo, W. Quimio and K. Rajendran, J. Qiang, J.Jurgen Scheffran, T.N. Tiouririne, J. Zhang).

Student-friendly TDP game, Journal of Economic Education, April 2006, 37(2): 187-203. (with A.W. Ando).

Conversation Capital and Sustainable Economic Growth, Oxford Economic Papers, April 2005, 57 (2): 336-359. (with M. Khanna and D. Zilberman).

Book Chapters

Natural Resources Policy: A Pragmatic Approach, in J.D. Ackerman and W. Chesworth (eds), Health and the Planet. Hammond Lecture Series, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph, December 2005 (with B.J. Deaton).

Effectiveness of Voluntary Approaches: Implications for Climate Change Mitigation in Baranzini, A. and P. Thalmann, eds. Voluntary Agreements in Climate Policies: An Assessment. Edward Elgar, 2004 (with M. Khanna).

Working Papers

The Effect of Regulatory Enforcement Fairness and Community Pressure on Environmental Performance (with D. Earnhart and R. Glicksman).

The Effects of Enforcement on Corporate Environmental Performance: The Role of Fairness (with D. Earnhart and R. Glocksman).

Information Disclosure for Climate Change Mitigation (with K. Brouhle).

Patents and P2: The Dynamics of Innovation and Technology Adoption for Environmental Improvements (with K. Brouhle and B. Graham).