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John Whitehead
Boone, NC
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I noticed that as well.
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Exactly one week after the CVM article estimating BP damages appears in Science this book critical of the CVM is being published: Contingent Valuation of Environmental Goods: A Comprehensive Critique Edited by Daniel McFadden and Kenneth Train C ontingent valuation is a survey-based procedure that attempts to estimate how much... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Environmental Economics
David Roberts at Vox: The dream of a bipartisan deal on carbon taxes is evergreen in US political circles. Lately, it has taken on a somewhat more specific form. The Climate Leadership Council (led by emeritus Republicans George Shultz and James Baker III) and the libertarian Niskanen Center have both... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 18, 2017 at Environmental Economics
There you go again: Countries from the G7 group of advanced economies did not sign a joint declaration at the end of an energy meeting in Rome as the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump needs more time to work on its climate policy, an Italian minister said on Monday.... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 10, 2017 at Environmental Economics
But haven't won the award (or made many friends) yet (Congratulations, you're a parasite!): How would you feel if you were called a parasite in a respected scientific journal? If you’re Drs. Erick Turner and Kun-Hsing Yu, the answer is: elated. The two scientists have each received an inaugural Research... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Guest Post by David Kaczan, Anna Birkenbach, and Marty Smith Economists regularly turn to one famous example when making the case for property rights in fisheries: Alaskan halibut. In the early 1990s, the halibut derby was madness. At the approved moment, thousands of boats would race each other out of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at Environmental Economics
AKA individual transferable quotas: But derby-style fishing means commercial fishermen are sometimes forced onto the water in stormy weather or before their boats can be properly maintained. Miss the window to catch fish, and for some, it can mean the difference between keeping their businesses afloat or not. But over... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 6, 2017 at Environmental Economics
So, I always make light of the fact that I'm doing coastal and marine research and my affiliation is in the mountains. So, my joke is that I'm from that "prestigious, marine science institution, Appalachian State University." It might receive a bit of a chuckle but I imagine folks give... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Environmental Economics
You and George Bush.
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The RePEc blog: Many academic departments in economics require from their junior faculty to publish in top 5 journals in order to gain tenure or get promotions. The top departments ask for several such articles, lower ranked ones may ask for only one. However, the space available in those journals... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at Environmental Economics
“There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again.”
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Damnit to Hell!
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From the inbox: The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis Ninth Annual Conference and Meeting took place on March 15-17 in Washington, DC. Thank you to all who attended! We had a record registration of approximately 320 conference attendees from 16 countries, and appreciate all that you did to help make this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Environmental Economics
I agree, most of the papers in environmental valuation begin something like this: Let U(Y,Q), where U is utility (happiness), Y is income, and Q is environmental quality. Suppose there is a policy would avoid a decrease in environmental quality. The benefit of the policy is U(Y-WTP,Q) = U(Y,Q'), where Q > Q' and WTP is willingness-to-pay.
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Here's the bit of the EO on the SCC pic.twitter.com/ipanNZfaKA — Bob Kopp (@bobkopp) March 28, 2017 There are some inner contradictions in the EO. Section 5 says use the best available science and economics. But then the recommendations exactly ignore the best available science and economics: Section B simply... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Environmental Economics
I'm somebody now! From the inbox: Land Economics May 1, 2017; Vol. 93, No. 2 http://le.uwpress.org/content/93/2?etoc ----------------------------------------------------------------- Articles ----------------------------------------------------------------- [snip] Endogenous Consequentiality in Stated Preference Referendum Data: The Influence of the Randomly Assigned Tax Amount Peter A. Groothuis, Tanga M. Mohr, John C. Whitehead, and Kristan Cockerill Land Economics March... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Following Tim's CNN Politics link: "The previous administration devalued workers by their policies," the [White House official briefed on the plan] said. "We are saying we can do both. We can protect the environment and provide people with work." The White House official went on to argue that the best... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Sad to see Christian living in the past (although, funny tweet).
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Maximilian Auffhammer at the Energy Institute at Haas blog: Maybe the most significant development is President Trump’s call for a review of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, which were updated under the Obama Administration requiring the auto industry to deliver a fleet average of at least 54.5 mpg by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Environmental Economics
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See for yourself: http://www.igmchicago.org/surveys/the-cbo. And here is the information on the survey and panel: This panel explores the extent to which economists agree or disagree on major public policy issues. To assess such beliefs we assembled this panel of expert economists. Statistics teaches that a sample of (say) 40 opinions... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Environmental Economics