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John Whitehead
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Toggle Commented yesterday on Friday beer post at Environmental Economics
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Brad Plumer: It's the last year of President Obama's presidency. He doesn't have to stand for reelection. Congress isn't going to pass any of his proposals anyway. So he may as well dream big. That's one way to read this new idea Obama's putting forward: He's suggesting that Congress slap... Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at Environmental Economics
From the RESECON listserv: Dear colleagues, Has anybody come across common pool resource games (fishery or similar) that are suitable for pre-school kids (5-7 years)? I appreciate any kind of suggestions and links to instructions. Best regards, Paul My reply: Paul, This one should work with kids: I've forgotten... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Environmental Economics
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Posted 3 days ago at Environmental Economics
Here is a link to the video: Full disclosure: I was one of the referees for the paper (it was a no revisions policy review) that was published in the Economic Inquiry miscellany section: “A modest proposal for the extension of non-market valuation methods” by Andrew Keeler, written in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Environmental Economics
Steve Kolowich in the Chronicle of Higher Education: Working with residents of Flint, Mr. Edwards [a professor of civil engineering at Virginia Tech] led a study that revealed that the elevated lead levels in people’s homes were not isolated incidents but a result of a systemic problem that had been... Continue reading
Reblogged 5 days ago at Environmental Economics
Maximilian Auffhammer at the energy blog with no name: ... The national average price for gasoline is $1.80 this week, with a minimum of $1.29 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The external costs for a gallon of gasoline, as estimated in a now classic paper, are approximately $2 per gallon. This means... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Environmental Economics
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While nowhere near the financial crisis peak, our readership is bouncing back from our 2012 trough. Here is a chart of unique visits to this blog from Statcounter: Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Environmental Economics
Neil deMause at Field of Schemes: asked a bunch of economists whether St. Louis and San Diego should have coughed up more money to keep the Rams and (potentially) Chargers from moving to Los Angeles, and if you read this site with any regularity, you can probably guess what... Continue reading
Reblogged 6 days ago at Environmental Economics
The introduction is the hardest part to write. Pat Thomson: The introduction can actually be thought of as a kind of mini-thesis statement, with the what, why and how of the argument spelled out in advance of the extended version. The introduction generally lays out a kind of road-map for... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 30, 2016 at Environmental Economics
RePEc has concluded that economics blogs are not going to be an effect platform for discussion of research: RePEc has already tried to capture what is happening in the economic blogosphere. EconAcademics is a website that aggregates the discussion of economic research while monitoring about 1000 blogs. The idea here... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at Environmental Economics
David Carter, Scott Crosson, and Christopher Liese in PLOS ONE: We introduce a regression approach that uses information on fishery-related internet search volume to provide more timely intraseasonal predictions of recreational harvest. There is a growing literature showing that the internet search volume on a particular topic (e.g., unemployment insurance)... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 29, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Barely a month after world leaders signed a sweeping agreement to reduce carbon emissions, the global commitment to renewable energy sources faces its first big test as the price of oil collapses. Buoyed by low gas prices, Americans are largely eschewing electric cars in favor of lower-mileage trucks and sport... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 26, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Source: And here is the explanation: United States production has surged in recent years as the shale boom took off. That has helped create a glut of oil as major producers like Saudi Arabia continue to pump at high levels. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at Environmental Economics
You're a part-time mid-level (actually the lowest-level since you operate at the nexus of students and faculty, which is what a university is about) administrator. So no, you're not part of the problem. If we got rid of administrative bloat there would still be department chairs. Part of the problem is state legislatures and accreditation bodies that require more and more accountability and assessment.
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We're a bit south of it*: The storm — called Snowmaggedon2016 on Twitter, and named Winter Storm Jonas by the Weather Channel — could approach the 28 inches in January 1922 that ranks as Washington’s snowiest storm and is likely to easily surpass the highest recent snowfall, 17.8 inches that... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 23, 2016 at Environmental Economics
This is one of those environmental issues where economics is not very helpful: If Flint were rich and mostly white, would Michigan’s state government have responded more quickly and aggressively to complaints about its lead-polluted water? The 274 pages of emails released by Gov. Rick Snyder this week on Flint’s... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 22, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Dallas Burtraw, Karen L. Palmer, Anthony Paul, Hang Yin: Thursday is the deadline for public comment on EPA’s Proposed Federal Plan for the Clean Power Plan. As we have been preparing our own comments for submission (which will be available later this week at, we have also developed a... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 21, 2016 at Environmental Economics
The SEA 2016 Annual Meeting will be held in Washington, DC at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, Washington, DC, on November 19-21, 2016 (Saturday through Monday). Authors wishing to have a paper considered for the AERE sessions should send a .pdf file by e-mail to: John Whitehead Appalachian State University Email:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at Environmental Economics
From the inbox: AERE Summer Conference 2016 Breckenridge, Colorado—Call for Papers due Friday, 1/22, midnight PST. The 2016 AERE Summer Conference takes place in Breckenridge, Colorado on June 9 – 11, 2016. Due to reorganization of management activities at AERE, the deadline to submit papers has been extended to January... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at Environmental Economics