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John Whitehead
Boone, NC
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It's like affordable energy is a merit good (unlike health care).
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It's going to get bad before it gets worse: The Trump transition team has issued a list of 74 questions for the Energy Department, asking agency officials to identify which department employees and contractors have worked on forging an international climate pact as well as domestic efforts to cut the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Environmental Economics
Poof: A conservative group is pushing the next Congress to take several steps to undo President Obama’s climate work. The Competitive Enterprise Institute ... on Thursday said the GOP-controlled government taking power next year should pursue an aggressive deregulation agenda domestically and pull the United States out of international climate... Continue reading
Reblogged yesterday at Environmental Economics
additional text in [] "The Fed will begin to allow interest rates to rise very soon [but it will take a while to get to the point where monetary policy is no longer expansionary.]"
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Ugh, of course. With your permission I'm editing that part.
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Andrew Gelman: Dear Major Academic Publisher, You just sent me, unsolicited, an introductory statistics textbook that is 800 pages and weighs about 5 pounds. It’s the 3rd edition of a book by someone I’ve never heard of. That’s fine—a newcomer can write a good book. The real problem is that... Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at Environmental Economics
Harry Potter and One Million Dollars per Mile? Harry Potter and Willingness to pay for submerged maritime cultural resources Harry Potter and Dubious and Dubiouser
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Harry Potter and... at Environmental Economics
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From the Chronicle of Higher Education: Peter Navarro, a professor and author who became known during the presidential campaign as the only academic economist directly advising the Trump campaign, continues to be one of the most public voices on economic matters for President-elect Donald J. Trump as he prepares to... Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at Environmental Economics
The big data consulting firms seem to be out ahead of the academic researchers: Real estate agents looking to sell coastal properties usually focus on one thing: how close the home is to the water’s edge. But buyers are increasingly asking instead how far back it is from the waterline.... Continue reading
Reblogged 4 days ago at Environmental Economics
Abstract: Are coastal cities adjusting to rising sea levels? This paper argues that large-scale events have the potential to ignite the process. We examine the effects of hurricane Sandy on the New York City housing market. We assemble a large plot-level dataset with rich geographic data on housing sales in... Continue reading
Reblogged 4 days ago at Environmental Economics
From the inbox (without my name following "Dear," it becomes a term of endearment, right?): Dear , We’re excited to announce the new AERE website with up-to-date information about conferences, job opportunities, and all AERE news, as well as improved functionality! We hope you can take a moment to explore... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Environmental Economics
We might be going off-topic a heck of a lot during the next four years: While the costs of free trade tend to be concentrated, benefits like lower prices for imported goods are spread very broadly, making them less obvious. In an interview on Fox News on Sunday, Newt Gingrich,... Continue reading
Reblogged 5 days ago at Environmental Economics
From a Federal Reserve Board of Governors' Press Release: Rutgers University won the 13th annual national College Fed Challenge on Thursday, a competition that encourages students to learn about the U.S. economy, monetary policymaking, and the role of the Federal Reserve System. The team, from New Brunswick, N.J., represented the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Environmental Economics
Definition: evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret. Example (from the RESECON listserv): The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has published a new report, 'Climate Change Indicators in the United States, 2016 (Fourth Edition)'. ‘The Earth's climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Timothy Taylor: The US government passed its first Air Pollution Control Act in 1955, but the major amendments to that law passed in 1970--including the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency to administer the law--greatly expanded the federal and state enforcement efforts. The EPA has published a web report called... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 29, 2016 at Environmental Economics
From the AAA: Drivers this year paid the second lowest gas prices for Thanksgiving since 2008, and the national average has steadily dropped days ahead of Wednesday’s OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria. During the meeting, OPEC is expected to carve out the details for a production cut which could potentially... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 28, 2016 at Environmental Economics
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From October 31: Some outreach of community-based faculty/student research: [Watauga County] Commissioners heard from High Country Recreation representative Dr. Scott St. Clair and ASU economics professor John Whitehead about the economic benefits of a recreation center. The presentation indicated that a recreation center could generate a $36 million dollar impact... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 28, 2016 at Environmental Economics
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Thomas Stratmann at medium.com (Five Ways to Write a Better Essay): It’s the end of the semester. Your term paper is due soon. You’re starting to stress about grades. Writing long essays is tiring. A major essay that can make or break your semester grade? That’s stressful and tiring. DataSplash... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at Environmental Economics
I told a bunch of people at the SEA meetings that the fires in western NC weren't near me. Well, one started when I got back and is about 15 or so miles away. Sunrise over the #HortonFire. Updates will be shared after operational briefings are held. Stay tuned to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Environmental Economics
This one is on my Christmas list: A Primer on Nonmarket Valuation Editors: Champ, Patricia A., Boyle, Kevin, Brown, Thomas C. (Eds.) Covers the main nonmarket valuation techniques at a level appropriate for individuals who do not have a PhD in economics Chapters are laid out similarly with the steps... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 17, 2016 at Environmental Economics
A colleague did a state level regression and found that percent college degree and percent white explains about 80% of the variation in state level voting.
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I don't have the time to read all the articles like this one: Last week, Donald J. Trump was elected president based on a straightforward promise to make the United States great again. He aimed his message primarily at tens of millions of white working-class Americans who feel left behind... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 16, 2016 at Environmental Economics
The Upshot has discovered that people have difficulty understanding uncertainty: We think a quantitative forecast can help people to take a step back from obsessing over the latest daily poll release. By averaging polls together and arriving at a probabilistic forecast, the aim is to help people take a more... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 16, 2016 at Environmental Economics