Welcome to my website! My name is Tihitina but my friends and future editors may call me Tina. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Resource Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I am an environmental economist with secondary interests in development economics. My research focuses on various aspects of policy implementation: monitoring and enforcement, manipulable thresholds, environmental justice, information, and environmental health. I examine these issues in the context of water pollution regulations but my work has implications for other media.
My recent papers examine the impact of incomplete enforcement information on compliance and ambient pollution levels within the context of water quality regulations. Relatedly, I am part of a team of researchers developing an integrated assessment model to quantify the economic benefits of water quality. Other projects investigate the incentives associated with threshold-based regulations and their implications for agent behavior and policy outcomes.
Some of my work examines policy implementation in developing country contexts. I was part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers examining dam management and health in the Senegal River Basin. Other work examines the unintended consequences of information provision through extension in Malawi.
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Outside of economics, I like to obsess over college basketball (Go Hoos!), college basketball analytics, and play competitive dodgeball.