Ram Fishman

Ram Fishman is a senior lecturer at the Department of Public Policy (Faculty of Social Sciences) in Tel Aviv University and the Director of NITSAN Lab. Prior to joining TAU, Ram was an assistant professor of Economics at George Washington University and a post-doctoral fellow at the sustainability science program of the Harvard Kennedy School. Ram holds a PhD in Sustainable Development from  Columbia university an a M.Sc. in Physics from the Weitzmann Institute.


Published Papers

von der Goltz, J., Dar, A., Fishman, R., Mueller, N.D., Barnwal, P. and McCord, G.C. Health Impacts of the Green Revolution: Evidence from 600,000 births across the Developing World. Journal of Health Economics, 2020.

Blakeslee, D. and Fishman, R. Way Down in the Hole: Adaptation to Long-Term Water Loss in Rural India. American Economic Review, 2020.

Fishman, R. Welfare Effects of Naive and Sophisticated Saving. Social Choice and Welfare, 2019:1-6. 

Dillon, A. and Fishman, R. Dams: Effects of Hydrological Infrastructure on DevelopmentAnnual Review of Resource Economics, 11, 2019.

Fishman A., Fishman, R. and Gneezy, U., 2018: A Tale of two Food Stands- Observational Learning in the Field. Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, 2018.

Fishman, R., Carrillo, P. and Russ, Jason. The Long-Term Economic Effect of High Temperatures: Evidence from Earnings Data in Ecuador. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 2018.

Asoka, A., Wada, Y., Fishman, R., & Mishra, V. Strong linkage between precipitation intensity and monsoon season groundwater recharge in India. Geophysical Research Letters, 2018.


Fishman, R.: Heterogeneous Patience, Bargaining Power and Investment in Future Public Goods. Environmental and Resource Economics, 2018.

Fishman, R. Groundwater Depletion Limits the Scope for Adaptation to Increased Rainfall Variability in India. Climatic Change, 2017.

Blakeslee, D.S. and Fishman, R.. Weather shocks, agriculture, and crime: Evidence from IndiaJournal of Human Resources, 2017.


Fishman, R., Lall, U., Modi, V. and Parekh, N. Can Electricity Pricing Save India’s Groundwater? Field Evidence from a Novel Policy Mechanism in Gujarat. Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 2016.


Fishman, R. More uneven distributions overturn the benefits of higher precipitation for future food securityEnvironmental Research Letters, 2016.

Fishman, R., Devineni, N., & Raman, S. Can improved agricultural water use efficiency save India’s groundwater? Environmental Research Letters, 2015.


Fishman, R., Siegfried, T., Raj, P., Modi, V. and Lall, U. Over-Extraction from Shallow Bedrock versus Deep Alluvial Aquifers: Reliability versus Sustainability Considerations for India's Groundwater Irrigation. Water Resources Research, 2011.


Siegfried, T., Stefan S., Pradeep R., Fishman R., Vasquez, V., Narula, K., Lall, U. and Modi, V.: Modeling Irrigated Area to Increase Water, Energy, and Food Security in Semiarid India. Weather, Climate and Society, 2010. 


Under Review

Fishman, R., Smith, S., Bobic, V., and Sulaiman, M.: Do Agricultural Extension and Input Subsidiy Programs have Persistent Effects? – Evidence from a Randomized Phase-Out of the BRAC Program in Uganda. 

Fishman, R., Kishore, A. and Jain, M: When Water Runs Out: Scarcity, Adaptation and Migration in Gujarat

Fishman, R., Shannan, Y., Hoffman, M., Gurung J. K. and Regmi, P. P.: Does Subjective Well Being Reflect Non-Income Dimensions of Poverty? 

Blakeslee, D., Chaurey, R., Fishman, R. and Malik, S.: In the Heat of the Moment: Economic and Non-Economic Drivers of the Weather-Crime Relationship.            

Blakeslee, D., Chaurey, R., Fishman, R. and Malik, S. Structural Transformation and Spillovers from Industrial Areas.                                                             

Fishman, R. et al: Researching Energy Use on Campus.   

Bukchin. S. and Fishman R.: Projecting the Future Prevalence of Smallholder Agriculture.

Fishman, R. and Krishnamurthy, C. K.: An Ecological Golden Rule.        

Working Papers

Fishman, R. and Shan, L.: Agriculture Mediates the Drought-Migration Linkage between Mexico and the U.S. 

Fishman, R, Blakeslee, D., Mahalgan, D. and Rothler, D. Economic Factors Mediate the Impact of Drought on Farmers Suicide in India.


Jain, M., Fishman, R., Mondal P., Galford G.L., Bhattarai, N., Naeem, S., and DeFries, R.S.: Groundwater Depletion Will Reduce Cropping Intensity in India. 


Bergman, N. and Fishman, R.: Mobility Levels and Covid-19 Transmission Rates. Link.