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John Whitehead
Boone, NC
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Beware of BP funded lightning!
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This is good news but if we're not living through the great tribulation then I don't know what to say: You've heard the news about honeybees. "Beepocalypse," they've called it. Beemageddon. America's honeybees are dying, putting honey production and $15 billion worth of pollinated food crops in jeopardy. ... The... Continue reading
Reblogged 5 days ago at Environmental Economics
From the email: Sky-High California Gas Prices Have a Green Additive by: Allysia Finley Jul 18, 2015 Click here to view the full article on WSJ.com TOPICS: Environmental Regulation SUMMARY: The national average is $2.76 a gallon, while Golden State drivers pay $3.88. Eco-virtue is expensive. CLASSROOM APPLICATION: Students can... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Environmental Economics
If they asked me I would say something about benefits and costs, but that's just me: A new study has found that the global bumblebee population is declining rapidly and entire species of the pollinating insect are dying out, a phenomenon largely attributed to pesticide use and climate change that... Continue reading
Reblogged 6 days ago at Environmental Economics
Eduardo Porter: In 1990, by an overwhelming majority, Congress amended the Clean Air Act to establish a market for electric utilities to trade the right to emit sulfur dioxide, one of the main contributors to acid rain. The law was based on a simple economic insight. If utilities facing high... Continue reading
Reblogged 6 days ago at Environmental Economics
But don't most universities have sustainability types who should be looking for this sort of savings?
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From Retraction Watch: The Journal of Economic Perspectives has published a second correction for a 2009 paper that argued that some amount of global warming could lead to economic gains. ... After the first correction was published, several people contacted the JEP to point out more issues with the paper.... Continue reading
Reblogged 7 days ago at Environmental Economics
Shouldn't the headline be more like green ($) is the new green? Perhaps it’s a sign of how dire the drought has gotten in California: Water-saving projects long on the drawing board, despite being cheap and easy, are finally coming to campuses. Last month at the University of California at... Continue reading
Reblogged 7 days ago at Environmental Economics
Here is my recipe for the meat: Brown 1 lb of grass-fed ground beef* Mix the taco seasoning** (adapted from food renegade): 1 tablespoon chili powder 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon salt Drain... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 21, 2015 at Environmental Economics
I added this to the post: "Please note that Harvard, Duke, Chicago, MIT, Stanford etc are also fine schools where one can be well-trained in environmental and resource economics in an economics department. It's just that most people who are looking at those places aren't coming to me for advice."
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"I wonder how you interpret the signal that the top schools which produce (non-ag school) environmental economists don't have an explicit field for it?" I interpret that in several ways. First, I don't think the top schools think environmental is a serious field. It might be an OK application if you are doing public or IO but its not something that you really want to focus on. Second, my guess is that students looking at the Ivy league (or MIT or Chicago or Duke or Stanford) really don't care about fields of study, do they? And, combining the two, if you are trying to get into an Ivy league school and say you want to study environmental, won't they run you off as being not serious about economics? Third, when you are a student at a top school I imagine that you are smart enough to pick up the literature and sub-field methods in a day or two, so the top schools really don't need to have explicit fields in everything. I *might* be a raging anti-elitist, but there you go. Finally, people coming to me for advice about PhD programs generally aren't looking at the Ivy League (or Stanford or Duke [so I just deleted Stanford!]).
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A merit raise of 3% sounds really good to me: James Ramsey, the University of Louisville’s president, got a lot of attention last week for his compensation after The Courier-Journal, in Louisville, reported that he made $1.67 million last year, considerably more than presidents at similar institutions. On Friday the... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 20, 2015 at Environmental Economics
No good deed goes unpunished. From the inbox: Dear Faculty, The staff in the Office of Research are compiling a database of faculty members with previous experience as peer reviewers for federal funding agencies. This will help us utilize the expertise of you, our faculty members, as we work with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Environmental Economics
I just deleted Harvard and Duke. They don't have a field in environmental: http://economics.harvard.edu/pages/program-overview http://econ.duke.edu/ph-d-program/fields-and-courses So, my list doesn't include economics departments that consider environmental a subfield (which includes all of the Ivy League). Note: I'm very aware that potential Ivy League PhD students aren't coming to me for advice.
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Also: This might be old fashioned, but it seems good to have a couple field courses so that you know the literature. I checked Yale, Princeton, Brown and Cornell and, if they have the field available, they don't much promote it. Cornell comes closet: http://economics.cornell.edu/graduate-program/general-program-info/guide-concentrations-field-economics
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"The Ecological Economics PhD program is currently being redesigned. Program requirements are likely to change. The program is not accepting applications at this time." http://www.economics.rpi.edu/pl/phd-economics
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Thanks, I've added most of these. I left out the ones without an explicit field and the Ivy League. I figure that lack of an explicit field might signal a lack of commitment? I checked Yale's webpage and they don't include environmental as a field.
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Elena Milani (Academia Obscura): The Internet and social media are plenty of cute fluffy cats, because kittens sell, especially among academics. Everybody knows that! But what about beer? I love craft beer (and kittens, of course), and in Twitter I’ve found many hashtags on beers such as #beer #craftbeer #beerbods... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 17, 2015 at Environmental Economics
I was recently advising an economics student about PhD programs in US economics departments (straight econ, not agricultural or other departments) with fields in environmental economics. I excluded ag econ because of the more limited teaching opportunities at the non-RI university (other than East Carolina University and Appalachian State University,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Environmental Economics
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I'm more annoyed at the media, they are always less interested in the nonmarket impacts. Weird.
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This one got picked up by Mark Thoma and we enjoyed a visit spike.
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It's time for the five power conferences to break away from the NCAA and compete amongst themselves in football (it is ridiculous for these other schools to pretend that they are competing in the same division). My guess is that the other schools would pull back and green bars will get smaller.
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You successfully manipulated me into buying it. After one of the USWNT's wins the Simpsons came on. Facing inertia, me and another dad kept watching it with our daughters. They let us know that this show was poorly drawn and inappropriate for young kids.
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