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John Whitehead
Boone, NC
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This is a good thing: Tar Heels in search of the easy A, beware. Starting this fall, UNC-Chapel Hill transcripts will provide a little truth in grading. From now on, transcripts for university graduates will contain a healthy dose of context. Next to a student’s grade, the record will include... Continue reading
Reblogged 2 hours ago at Environmental Economics
You'd be hard-pressed to talk me into a mail or telephone survey these days. From the Chronicle of Higher Education: ... a host of researchers, spurred by the rising cost of telephone polls and plummeting participation rates, are pushing to use a new generation of online-only surveys for their research.... Continue reading
Reblogged 3 days ago at Environmental Economics
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Posted 3 days ago at Environmental Economics
From the western NC best kept secret list: Laughing Seed Cafe, Asheville Not so long ago, eating at a vegetarian restaurant could be an ascetic experience even for vegetarians. But all those meat eaters have no idea what they’re missing when they walk past the Laughing Seed Cafe. It distills... Continue reading
Reblogged 5 days ago at Environmental Economics
Just a little something to make Tim jealous, from the ASSA program (searching on Q5): Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Environmental Economics
Yoram Bauman: With a new school year approaching, this is a good time to update our review of the treatment of climate change in economics textbooks. As in our 2010 and 2012 reviews, some books hit the mark while others are wildly misleading. But we’re happy to say that there’s... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 25, 2014 at Environmental Economics
The course is for senior economics majors, MBAs and graduate students from other programs. My reading list includes BCA examples, overviews, technical stuff (in mostly non-technical language) and other stuff. Am I missing anything? Allen, Bryon P., and John B. Loomis. "The Decision to use Benefit Transfer or Conduct Original... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Environmental Economics
Natural hazards: UTC time: Sunday, August 24, 2014 23:16 PM Your time: Sunday, August 24 2014 7:16 PM No tsunami statement issued Magnitude Type: md USGS page: M 2.4 - 4km NE of Blowing Rock, North Carolina USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist Reports from the public: 17 people via... Continue reading
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Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Environmental Economics
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) invites applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships that begin June 1, 2015. The new Postdoctoral Socio-Environmental Immersion Program will bring early-career scholars to SESYNC to: undertake individual synthesis projects; participate in workshops led by distinguished natural scientists and social scientists; and enhance their collaborative network,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Environmental Economics
Is "a lot" one word or two? Jay Schalin at the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy: While the UNC system has not yet revealed the 2012 figures for tenure-track professors, the Pope Center has obtained the official tenure-track teaching load average for Appalachian State University for the Fall of... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 21, 2014 at Environmental Economics
But, competition leads to efficiency and, in this case, ALS is doing a great job competing. If it was a BS charity then there would be little appeal to a silly ice bucket challenge.
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Here is Tim's post: Lift with the legs! Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Environmental Economics
I felt inclined to make the minimal donation, $35, here. It worked and I agree that Will is an Idiot. I'll post my video next. Oh, and I love the golfer's tan line!
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I stopped sending my posts to my facebook account (I'm sure some of my facebook friends get annoyed by them ... some "friends", right?). The link for our blog site is here: I *think* all of our posts are arriving via RSS Graffiti (if anyone knows of a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Environmental Economics
I got all the "warm WTP" (Interis and Haab, 2014) I need via this post! References: Interis, Matthew G., and Timothy C. Haab. "Overheating Willingness to Pay: Who Gets Warm Glow and What It Means for Valuation." Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 43 (2014): 266-278.
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I just finished: 25 years in the UNC system 10 years at Appalachian State University (12 at ECU, 3 at UNCW) 5 years as department chair Er, congratulations to me? Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Environmental Economics
There is a lot of economics and finance in this one (Envisioning profit in environmental good works): While the state government has developed a detailed master plan for wetlands restoration in the region, and money has been promised from the federal government and the BP settlement of the 2010 oil... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Environmental Economics
Steven Conn writing about "rubrics" and other student guidelines that limits thinking: Cleaning out some files not too long ago I looked at a syllabus I wrote in my first year teaching. It was four pages long, had a rough-and-ready description of the course, and then a week-by-week schedule of... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 18, 2014 at Environmental Economics
Dallas Burtaw and Hal Gordon: Economists argue that the most efficient way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is to raise the price of energy by introducing a price on carbon emissions, either through a tax or a cap-and-trade regime. A tax (or a cap-and-trade system that auctions off permits) has... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 16, 2014 at Environmental Economics
From the inbox: I often read your "cromulent" blog and know that you are an expert in CVM. I am working on my master thesis applying CVM to .... I plan to use double-bounded dichotomous questions to elicit WTP. I want to ask you whether there is a way to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Environmental Economics
That was in the subject of an email I received yesterday from someone we'll call "friend." Photo Credit: Brad Wimmer (who says "I was at the SD zoo, saw the gorillas and couldn't help but think of someone running ahead of the group, and then crashing through bushes.") Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Environmental Economics
There will be an AERE-sponsored session on this topic at the Southern Economic Association meetings in November. Here is an example of, what I consider, best practices from Colby College. From the introduction to volume 1 of the Journal of Environmental and Resource Economics at Colby by the editor, Sahan... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Environmental Economics
The Onion: Citing recent employment gains in the telecommunications, transportation, energy, and solid waste management sectors, a report released Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that the sluggish economy is leading an increasing number of Americans to take jobs as infrastructure. “As job openings in traditional industries continue... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 14, 2014 at Environmental Economics