Welcome to my website! My name is Tihitina but my friends and future employers may call me Tina. I am a doctoral candidate in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. My research focuses on environmental and development economics as well as their intersection.

My job market paper investigates the effect of incomplete enforcement information on ambient pollution levels within the context of Clean Water Act permit regulations. If the regulator does not update its information on the identities of the regulated agents, firm turnover may lead to gaps in the regulator’s information on the regulated universe. This may have implications for both compliance and environmental quality. I investigate this theoretically and empirically and find that an increase in the share of firms known to the regulator is associated with a significant decrease in the ambient pollutant concentration of various pollutants. Click here to view an abstract and here to view the full paper.

Other ongoing papers include: an investigation of the effect of enforcement gaps on compliance within the context of nutrient management regulations in Maryland, the effect of information receipt on livelihood diversification in rural Malawi, and dam management in the Senegal River Basin.

I am on the job market this year and will be available for interviews at the 2020 ASSA Meeting in San Diego, CA. Click here to view my CV.

Outside of economics, I like to obsess over college basketball (Go Hoos!), college basketball analytics, and play competitive dodgeball.