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John Whitehead
Boone, NC
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Yoram Bauman (via the Stand-up Economist email): Just in time to help President Trump's advisors, I'm thrilled to report that the Cartoon Introduction to Economics is now available is Russian (ba-da-boom!) plus a dozen other languages. Cartoon Climate Change is becoming ever-more important, and my co-author Grady Klein and I... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Environmental Economics
I've even taken a sabbatical from this blog. I think that the dog walk has become a substitute (guilty pleasure when I'm working at home*) for the blog post (guilty pleasure when I'm in the office). Whatever is going on, I have too much to say about the way the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Environmental Economics
Especially in the tips panel.
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We've organized 18 regular sessions, 3 student sessions and 2 panels. Thanks to Chris Dumas (UNCW) and Elaine Frey (CSU-LB) for serving on the organization "committee". The panel that always draws the most attendance is the tips for students and young economists: Panel: Tips for Students and Young Economists: Dissertations,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Jim Campbell: For the last couple of weeks, the online economics community has been discussing and reacting to rampant misogyny on a website, Economics Job Market Rumors. A Justin Wolfers post to The Upshot at the New York Times reported on research by Alice Wu that laid bare the ugly,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Environmental Economics
I don't get a whiff of "Harvey might be good for the economy" from this article but, still, beware. From CNBC: Devastating Hurricane Harvey, unprecedented in its rainfall, could be a slight negative for U.S. growth in the third quarter, but economists say it may ultimately provide a tiny boost... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Published n Science on August 18, 2017 (Vol. 357, Issue 6352, pp. 655): In March, President Trump's Executive Order 13783 disbanded the Interagency Working Group on the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases (IWG) (1). IWG developed estimates for federal agencies to use in cost-benefit analyses of climate policies. IWG's most... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 23, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Telescope link: https://cas.appstate.edu/solar-eclipse-2017/live-streaming Here is a link to the live commentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggMtpqcrjek Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Environmental Economics
And the first thing I'll miss on-campus are the on-campus solar eclipse festivities. From the inbox: As you are making plans for eclipse viewing today, please remember the College of Arts & Sciences has a number of safe viewing opportunities, including live streaming of the eclipse. Festivities begin at 1pm... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Environmental Economics
This has been posted as a discussion paper at the Economics E-journal. Here is the abstract and citation: Desvousges, Mathews and Train (2015) find that their contingent valuation method (CVM) survey data does not pass the adding up test using a nonparametric estimate of mean willingnessto-pay. Their data suffers from... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 21, 2017 at Environmental Economics
From the inbox: Thank you for your contribution of $8 on 8/15/2017 to the Carbon Neutral Commuter program. 100% of your contribution will be used to purchase carbon offsets. For complete information about the program and how contributions are being spent, please visit Carbon Neutral Commuter! It was the least... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at Environmental Economics
via Lea-Rachel Kosnick: Abstract submissions for the AERE sponsored sessions at the MEA meetings are due in just two weeks, onSeptember 1, 2017. This year, we have a fancy new submission portal through the AERE website, so you don’t have to bother with remembering my personal email any longer. Submit... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Matt Kahn's blog just got boring: My term as the Chair of USC Economics starts this week. Proper decorum suggests that I should no longer be blogging. I've decided on a compromise path. I will no longer write about current events or politics or my humor. I will write about... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 15, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Is "environmental benefit denier" a term (Scott Pruitt Is Carrying Out His E.P.A. Agenda in Secret, Critics Say)? Mr. Pruitt’s efforts to undo a major water protection rule are one example of his moves to quickly and stealthily dismantle regulations. The rule, known as Waters of the United States, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Alan Krupnick: Can there possibly be a worse idea than to have the federal government give every ton of eastern coal burned a $15 subsidy—as was proposed by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice. To put this in perspective, the current price of coal from West Virginia ranges from $45 to... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 11, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Berkeley Electronic Press (BEPress) was founded as a response to the for-profit journal industry. The folks who started it weren't going to make any money until they sold it to DeGruyter (and I can't say whether they made any money off the sale). Well (Elsevier acquires bepress): Today, Elsevier announces... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Environmental Economics
yes, thanks!
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2017 on User fees at Environmental Economics
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Here you go: Consumer’s Guide to Regulatory Impact Analysis: Ten Tips for Being an Informed Policymaker Dudley, S., et al. (2017). Consumer’s Guide to Regulatory Impact Analysis: Ten Tips for Being an Informed Policymaker. Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, 1-18. doi:10.1017/bca.2017.11 Abstract Regulatory impact analyses (RIAs) weigh the benefits of regulations... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Environmental Economics
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Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Andrew Gelman: Again, I’m not saying that Heckman and his colleagues are doing this. I can only assume they’re reporting what, to them, are their best estimates. Unfortunately these methods are biased. But a lot of people with classical statistics and econometrics training don’t realize this: they thing regression coefficients... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 20, 2017 at Environmental Economics
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*Doing what it takes: "Hiking" the 4.8 mile roundtrip Grandfather Trail (the last half mile featured thunder, lightning, pouring rain and some hail) at Grandfather Mountain State Park to better understand Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (I think that dead tree in the middle is a Hemlock). The last time I hiked... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Actually, the mainstream media seems to be covering the non-climate work that Pruitt is doing at the EPA fairly well (e.g., this, this and this): Pruitt argued that the media's focus on climate change has distracted from the work he is doing at the EPA on everything from air pollution... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 13, 2017 at Environmental Economics