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John Whitehead
Boone, NC
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From a journal editor: I will make the correction. But this is now your third correction post-submission, which reflects poorly on your carefulness as a researcher. My only possible reply: Indeed. It is very embarrassing. Or maybe the 25-54 thing is not a hard and fast rule and the decline... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Environmental Economics
And there is not much anyone can do about it: Roughly 163,000 oil jobs were lost nationally from the 2014 peak, or about 30 percent of the total, while oil prices plummeted, at one point by as much as 70 percent. The job losses just in Texas, the most productive... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Environmental Economics
I still like my "duh" re: firms should like cap-and-trade. I don't see any reason to have cap-and-trade with fully auctioned permits. There would be no trading as firms simply bid up to their marginal abatement cost. These days I think of cap-and-trade with freely distributed permits as the comparison to a carbon tax (without the partial giveaway).
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Charles Komanoff (of the Carbon Tax Center) at The Nation: Carbon-tax haters can relax. The proposal for a national carbon tax released on February 8 by high-level Republicans, including über-GOP consigliere James Baker, isn’t going anywhere. Financially and ideologically, the American right is wedded to carbon fuels. Trumpism runs on... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Environmental Economics
I'm glad to be influencing policy in Australia. From twitter: How should government spend $5 billion of taxpayer money currently used on green energy — Sen. Malcolm Roberts (@SenatorMRoberts) February 16, 2017 In general, I think that taxes or cap-and-trade are more efficient than subsidies. But, I wasn't given that... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Environmental Economics
From Elaine Frey: Graduate students in Ph.D. programs who have research interests in environmental and natural resource economics are invited to submit an abstract for designated student AERE sponsored conference sessions at the SEA meetings. Interested students should email Elaine Frey (elaine.frey@csulb.edu) a document that contains their name, program of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Environmental Economics
Sandra Black, Jason Furman, Emma Rackstraw and Nirupama Rao: The share of men between the ages of 25 and 54 either working or actively seeking work—the prime-age male labour force participation rate—has been falling for more than 60 years in the US—from a peak of 98% in the 1950s to... Continue reading
Reblogged 7 days ago at Environmental Economics
Peter Nelson: Last week, senior Republican politicians met with White House officials to discuss a new carbon tax proposal backed by the group, which includes former secretaries of state James A. Baker III and George P. Shultz, former chairmen of the Council of Economic Advisers Martin S. Feldstein and N.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Environmental Economics
From the editorial page: The new Climate Leadership Council argues that conservatives should support a carbon tax because it is a more market-friendly approach than Mr. Obama’s regulations. And after a carbon tax is put in place, the council says, the government should eliminate most of those rules, since they... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Following up on this post, Alan Krupnick: Taking the first part of the order literally means that we just count the number of regulations, so two really low-cost regulations could offset one new high-cost regulation, making net costs larger over the three regulations involved. The second part, though, takes care... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 14, 2017 at Environmental Economics
@RobertStavins Mankiw was against revenue-neutral carbon tax in 2010 when rebates given to stranded assets via cap-&-trade. Why the switch? — Brad DeLong (@delong) February 10, 2017 Greg can answer, but my take: (1) Greg likes carbon tax, not cap-and-trade; and (2) political attraction of sending checks to families. https://t.co/oH5tFovlow... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Peter Nelson: President Trump is now facing a lawsuit brought by liberal groups contesting his recent “two-for-one” executive order, which requires two regulations be rescinded for every one implemented. Public Citizen, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Communications Workers of America argue that the president “exceeded his constitutional authority... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 10, 2017 at Environmental Economics
From "The Association of Public Data Users": With a new Congress and Administration, it is important to reiterate to policymakers the importance of federal data programs. Click here to find a draft letter asking members of Congress to support and fund Federal statistics. In order to make as large an... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 9, 2017 at Environmental Economics
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Source: http://www.sunjournal.com/news/letters/2017/02/08/protect-environment/2073281 Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Sounds like a cool opportunity (open to "social and behavioral sciences"): Apply for a National Academies’ Gulf Research Program early career-research or science policy fellowship by 5pm ET on February 22, 2017. These fellowships support emerging researchers working to prevent oil spills and support healthy coastal communities and ecosystems as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Environmental Economics
PhD Comics: Source: http://www.phdcomics.com/comics.php?f=1921# Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Environmental Economics
For all you haters who love to hate on the notion that jobs are costs, Tyler Cowen: That is one of the news stories of the end of this week, namely that the Trump administration eliminated a previous Obama administration ruling on this, see Brad Plumer for details. That sounds... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 8, 2017 at Environmental Economics
From the AERE Newsletter (PDF) with two minor edits (the submission deadline has been moved back to 3/10 and there are no discussants): The 87th Annual Meeting of the SEA will be held in Tampa, Florida at the Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, November 17-19, 2017 (Friday through Sunday). John... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Advice from one of the editors of REStat (and University of Kentucky PhD): Free Advice to Economists: When you put up regression tables, take a single coefficient and use it in a sentence in English. — Amitabh Chandra (@amitabhchandra2) February 7, 2017 Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Is a strong dollar a good thing for the U.S. economy or a bad thing? As employment stagnates, manufacturing continues its slump, and overall confidence in the U.S. financial system wavers, the nation’s economists have begun abandoning their homes and sending their loved ones overseas. “We’ve noticed a trend among... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 8, 2017 at Environmental Economics
This proposal is textbook good (PDF): Hoping to jump-start the debate on climate change, a group of high-profile Republicans that includes three former Cabinet secretaries is calling for a substantial new carbon tax, and then to offset the pain higher prices cause the middle class by returning all money raised... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 8, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Joe Aldy: President Trump jettisoned more than 30 years of bipartisan regulatory policy on January 30 when he issued an executive order on “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.” The order requires that whenever a new regulation is enacted by any federal agency, regulators must eliminate two rules, so that... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 7, 2017 at Environmental Economics
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Marty presented this at App State back in 2013: The study's researchers captured the hypoxia effects by reviewing the month-to-month price changes of various market sizes of shrimp. They compared that data to the periods when low-oxygen conditions were present. In a telephone interview, Smith said researchers have known for... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 6, 2017 at Environmental Economics