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John Whitehead
Boone, NC
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The Comics Curmudgeon: New-school Mark Trail: not only does he consort with geese but he also expresses the human emotion of affection for his wife? Bizarre. I mean, at least he’s doing it from a distance of several miles, so he won’t be expected to hug or kiss or touch... Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at Environmental Economics
Mark Thoma: Paul Krugman: Rising Sun: Joe Romm draws our attention to the third slice of the latest IPCC report on climate change, on the costs of mitigation; the panel finds that these costs aren’t that big — a few percent of GDP even by the end of the century,... Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at Environmental Economics
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I saw Tim's post and clicked on the Amazon link. I love the listing -- "Used - Like New". Also, Amazon is finally recognizing that a PhD from an SEC school is not a real PhD. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Environmental Economics
Dang, I haven't seen mine yet. But from the photo, it looks real.
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What is the economic value of research? From the Chronicle a few weeks ago: Just last week, at a budget hearing on Capitol Hill, a member of Congress cited a well-traveled number: $2.21. That figure, said Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, the top Democrat on the House Appropriations subcommittee in... Continue reading
Reblogged 4 days ago at Environmental Economics
Daniel M. Haybron (an associate professor of philosophy at St. Louis University): What does it mean to be happy? The answer to this question once seemed obvious to me. To be happy is to be satisfied with your life. If you want to find out how happy someone is, you... Continue reading
Reblogged 5 days ago at Environmental Economics
I was in College Station, TX at the end of March to talk about hypothetical bias of stated preference data to the folks in agricultural economics (here is the PDF of the PPT). I covered three recent papers that have ex-ante/ex-post SP/RP data which, as a whole, show (I argue):... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Environmental Economics
Yes, something else :)
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Do you guys ever call it (AED) a three legged stool? and then fight over which is the first leg? and then the department peacemaker says that the stool will fall over if one of the legs is removed? and then everyone mutters do themselves as they drag themselves back to their offices?
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David Zetland: After six months of writing and revision, Living with Water Scarcity is available. This book is a follow-up to The End of Abundance (2011), but: I wrote it from scratch (no editing/revision of the old book) It reflects my latest thinking on water tariffs, markets, environmental flows, etc.... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 10, 2014 at Environmental Economics
I have a student at the National Cconference on Undergraduate Research in Lexington, KY this week. His abstract is here and here: Author: Kevin Atkinson; Department of Economics, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608 Economists prefer revealed preference data, yet some situations lack sufficient revealed preference information for economic analysis.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Environmental Economics
Mike Giberson at Knowledge Problem in response to this post: So a sample of my complaints: She trumpets the fast declining price of solar panels by picking a factoid out of a story in ComputerWorld: “declined an estimated 60 percent since the beginning of 2011!” ComputerWorld? Maybe the work of... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 3, 2014 at Environmental Economics
A: They don't maximize profits. I was hoping that was an April Fool's joke but it is too consistent with the strip to be one. Today's strip proves me right (it wasn't a joke). Instead of buying the comic low and selling high (and what would make a more inelastic... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Environmental Economics
I would have done better if I had picked UK to win it all, per usual. Their NCAA run has been mind-boggling. Cal is going to be insufferable.
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Don't you wish some people you know would voluntarily reduce their own methane releases? The Obama administration on Friday announced a strategy to start slashing emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas released by landfills, cattle, and leaks from oil and natural gas production. ... Since cattle flatulence and manure... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 1, 2014 at Environmental Economics
And check out Friday's strip: Marlin, if that is his real name, manages to switch the bag-o-eggs from his punching hand to his non-punching hand before he lands his punch. My guess is that if he had gone ahead and dropped the eggs, he could have dropped Mark Trail with a right-left combination.
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2014 on "Sea turtle eggs!" at Environmental Economics
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Here is another innovative idea, don't subsidize risky living: A string of artificial islands off the coast of New Jersey and New York could blunt the impact of storm surges that proved so deadly during Superstorm Sandy, according to a new proposal. It's a big proposal – one that would... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 1, 2014 at Environmental Economics
The Comics Curmudgeon: Mark Trail, 3/31/14 As was foretold in prophecy Friday, Mark has shrugged off a sucker-punch to the face and responded with fisticuffs of his own, somehow managing to wind up and knock Marlin down with a right hook despite literally being an inch and a half away... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 1, 2014 at Environmental Economics
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I'm trying to put AERE sessions together for the SEA meetings. I have four loosely related papers. Typically, I call this session "Residuals." Get it? This time I decide to enter the abstracts into Wordle and see if the word cloud is any help. Here it is: I can't really... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Environmental Economics
From the inbox: Thank you again for attending the Recreational Fisheries Constituents Workshop this past January .... A website with materials from the workshop is now available at http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/economics/fisheries/recreational/2014-rec-econ-constituent-workshop/index#. You will find a detailed agenda, with a summary of key discussion points and comments, copies of the presentations (where the... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 26, 2014 at Environmental Economics
Thanks for the link! I haven't read the paper but I would guess that the referees who tend to be very late (and not really give a rat's a$$) declined to review under those conditions. That is a big help, even if it doesn't show up in the data. Do the BEPress journals still do it that way? I still can't get over the irony of the radical BEPress changing the way papers get published and still selling out.
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Tyler Cowen: Via Michael Makowsky, there is a new and extremely useful paper by Chetty, Saez, and Sandor in “slides” form (pdf). Their conclusions include these: 1. Short deadlines for referees are extremely effective at increasing speed. 2. Cash incentives can generate significant improvements with salient reminders right before a... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 25, 2014 at Environmental Economics
They must have been on thier production frontier. Students of economics will know that you can't produce more Reader, iGoogle and Google "climate(?)"! Scarcity requires tradeoffs: The White House announced that it is collaborating with Google to gather and publish data on climate change, with the goal of helping communities... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 25, 2014 at Environmental Economics