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John Whitehead
Boone, NC
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The Chronicle has an article today on the lack of humor in scholarly journals: Stephen Heard once wrote a paper about how pollen spreads among the flowers of a certain endangered plant. In it he speculated that the wind might play a role by shaking loose the pollen. To support... Continue reading
Reblogged yesterday at Environmental Economics
We heart carbon pricing, wish everyone did: President Obama stood in the chamber of the United Nations General Assembly last week and urged the world to follow his example and fight global warming. But a major new declaration calling for a global price on carbon — signed by 74 countries... Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at Environmental Economics
Rats, you beat me to this post!
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This is at the coffee shop. I pulled in, got my coffee and went to work. The car was there before and after. The driver obviously cares about various causes but not about inconveniencing his/her fellow coffee addicts.
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The stickers on the back windshield include: Local First and Local Food (and WWF -- wouldn't the panda be ashamed?)
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America's finest news source: In an overwhelming show of support for dangerously escalating temperatures, 7.1 billion people from nearly every nation on earth staged massive demonstrations yesterday in favor of global warming. “Whether they were sitting in their living rooms, watching football at a bar, or just driving somewhere, a... Continue reading
Reblogged 6 days ago at Environmental Economics
Mark Thoma: Robert Stavins: Climate Realities: ...It is true that, in theory, we can avoid the worst consequences of climate change with an intensive global effort over the next several decades. But given real-world economic and, in particular, political realities, that seems unlikely..., let’s look at the sobering reality. The... Continue reading
Reblogged 6 days ago at Environmental Economics
From the UCSB Bren School of ES & M: In March we told you about a paper written by Bren professor Chris Costello and former Bren School post-doc and now assistant professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Crow White. In it, the authors suggested that closing the high seas... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 19, 2014 at Environmental Economics
Ooops! wrong title (sigh) ... As we’ve pointed out before, economics and business journals have few retractions compared with the other academic literature. Opinions vary on why this is, but the fact that only a few journals have plagiarism policies can’t help. Research Papers in Economics, or RePEc, an organization... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 19, 2014 at Environmental Economics
Tyler Cowen: That is a new paper (pdf) by John Cawley, here is the abstract: This guide, updated for the 2014-15 job market season, describes the academic market for new Ph.D. economists and offers advice on conducting an academic job search. It reports findings from published papers, describes practical details,... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 19, 2014 at Environmental Economics
Only while the wound is still fresh!
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The WSJ's Numbers "guy": The true cost of electricity is difficult to pin down. That’s because a number of inputs comprise it: the cost of fuel itself, the cost of production, as well as the cost of dealing with the damage that fuel does to the environment. Energy Points, a... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 16, 2014 at Environmental Economics
Spencer Banzhaf: In a new RFF discussion paper, “Valuation of Ecosystem Services in the Southern Appalachian Mountains,” RFF colleagues Dallas Burtraw, Alan Krupnick, and Juha Siikamäki and I, along with Susie Chung Criscimagna of Eden Housing, Bernard Cosby of the University of Virginia, and David Evans of EPA, estimate the... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 16, 2014 at Environmental Economics
From The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Internet can be a nasty place, as academics know well from Rate My Professors. It is on that website that faculty members might learn, for example, that their students think they are “useless” or a “general moron,” and say anyone “would enjoy eating... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 11, 2014 at Environmental Economics
Three things: I'm not sure what sort of rents are available via conference participation. The state of NC won't pay for my beer (and only part of my food unless I choose to eat low-end). There is nothing comparable to a good day of conference session to "recharge my research batteries" via inspiration or connecting with an existing or potential co-author.
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Here is one we are watching closely: H.R. 5069 would allow the Department of the Interior (DOI) to raise the price charged for Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps (referred to as federal duck stamps). Federal duck stamps are annual permits sold by the federal government to hunt migratory... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 10, 2014 at Environmental Economics
I apologize ahead of time for the rant that's ahead. The rant is motivated by daily interactions with my colleagues who mostly have PhD's in statistics, computer science and mathematics. This gives me a different and less-economisty view of model building and validating in general, so bare with me. When... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Environmental Economics
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From the Chronicle of Higher Ed: The American Sociological Association’s annual meeting drew about 6,000 people to San Francisco last month to share and discuss the latest research in the field, make professional connections, and catch up with colleagues. But missing from the crowd were scholars like Julie E. Hartman-Linck,... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 9, 2014 at Environmental Economics
The Data Points blog at the Chronicle of Higher Education: One could be excused for thinking the value of a college degree is in a downward spiral. With overall student-loan debt topping $1-trillion and tuition racing upward, to college graduates facing high levels of underemployment and stagnating wages, it might... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 5, 2014 at Environmental Economics
... is our passivity when our employers erect monopolies on campus to exploit students: The rise of online textbook retailers such as Chegg, Amazon, and Half.com, has put official college and university bookstores on the defensive. Once the default source of course materials, campus bookstores run by Barnes & Noble... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 5, 2014 at Environmental Economics
This is outrageous, probably part of some Reagan-era Department of Interior program: As part of an effort to provide equal opportunities across habitats and enrich the lives of wildlife throughout the nation, officials from the EPA unveiled a new biodiversity program Friday that will bus in species from different ecosystems.... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 5, 2014 at Environmental Economics
TABLE OF CONTENTS Editorial Barbara Harrison MRE Editorial Assistant and Technical Editor 1998–2014(p. 199) James Anderson, Cathy Roheim, and Marty Smith Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/677768 Articles Increasing Pressure on Unregulated Species Due to Changes in Individual Vessel Quotas: An Empirical Application to Trawler Fishing in the Baltic Sea(pp. 201-217) Barbara Hutniczak... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 4, 2014 at Environmental Economics
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The environmental economics blog invested some of our hard-earned money in the Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change's Kickstarter campaign. We definitely wanted a cameo and we got it on page 106 (I think I'm the guy with the gray hair): Tim: I recently discovered your copy of the book at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Environmental Economics