NITSAN is Tel Aviv University's Sustainable Development Lab. Supported by the Boris Mints Institute (School of Public Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences), the lab conducts inter-disciplinary research on all aspects of sustainable development, with an emphasis on the diffusion of Israeli technologies in developing countries. Our research involves intensive field work in multiple locations in Asia and Africa. 


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Over-Extraction from Shallow Bedrock versus Deep Alluvial Aquifers: Reliability versus Sustainability Considerations for India's Groundwater Irrigation. 

Ram Fishman, Tobias Siegfried, Pradeep Raj, Vijay Modi and Upmanu Lall. Water Resources Research, 2011. 

Can Improved Agricultural Water Use Efficiency Save India's Groundwater? 

Ram Fishman, Naresh Divedani and R. Raman. Environmental Research Letters, 2015. 


More uneven distributions overturn the benefits of higher precipitation for future food security. 

Ram Fishman, Environmental Research Letters, 2016.

Can Electricity Pricing Save India's Groundwater? Evidence from Gujarat.

Ram Fishman, Upmanu Lall, Vijay Modi and Nikunj Parekh. 

Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 2016. 

Weather shocks, agriculture, and crime: Evidence from India. 

David Blakeslee (NYUAD), Ram Fishman. Journal of Human Resources, 2017.

Groundwater Depletion Limits the Scope for Adaptation to Increased Rainfall Variability in India.

Ram Fishman, Climatic Change, 2018.

Heterogeneous Patience, Bargaining Power and Investment in Future Public Goods.

Ram Fishman, Environmental and Resource Economics, 2018.

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


When Water Runs Out: Scarcity, Adaptation and Migration in Gujarat 

Fishman, R., Kishore, A. and Jain, M

Blog in Ideas for India

The Long-Term Economic Effect of High Temperatures: Evidence from Earnings Data in Ecuador.

Fishman, R., Carrillo, P. and Russ, Jason. 

Does Subjective Well Being Reflect Non-Income Dimensions of Poverty? 

Fishman, R., Shannan, Y., Hoffman, M., Gurung J. K. and Regmi, P. P.

Diffusion of Modern Crop Varieties Associated with 20th century Infant Mortality Declines. 

Fishman, R., Dar, A., Barnwal, P., Mueller, N., von der Goltz, J. and McCord, G.

Groundwater Depletion Will Reduce Cropping Intensity in India. 

Jain, M., Fishman, R., Mondal P., Galford G.L., Bhattarai, N., Naeem, S., and DeFries, R.S.

Agriculture Mediates the Drought-Migration Linkage between Mexico and the U.S. 

Fishman, R. and Shan, Li.

Structural Transformation and Spillovers from Industrial Areas.

Blakeslee, D., Chaurey, R., Fishman, R. and Malik, S.

Way Down in the Hole: Adaptation to Long-Term Water Loss in Rural India

​Blakeslee, David. and Fishman, Ram.


Do Agricultural Extension and Input Subsidiy Programs have Persistent Effects? – Evidence from a Randomized Phase-Out of the BRAC Program in Uganda.

Fishman, R., Smith, S., Bobic, V., and Sulaiman, M.

Development Impact blog

Can information help reduce imbalanced application of fertilizers in India? Experimental evidence from Bihar 

Ram Fishman, Avinash Kishore (IFPRI), Yoav Rothler and Patrick S. Ward (IFPRI)

Do Subsidies Increase the Adoption of Resource Saving Technologies in Low Income Farmers? Evidence from the Diffusion of Drip Irrigation in Gujarat

Ram Fishman and Sahil Gulati. Draft available upon request.

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


Economic Factors Mediate the Impact of Drought on Farmers Suicide in India.

Rothler Y., Blakeslee, D. and Fishman, R.