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John Whitehead
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It sounds like there may be some problems with this paper: A top US official at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who was recently appointed by President Donald Trump, has called for the retraction of a paper that suggests the country exports a significant amount of illegal, unreported, and... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 6, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Mik, I really like your paper and agree with your sentiments in your comment. The only thing I disagree about is the differentiation between CVM and DCE in your first quote. I think there is a bit of overlap. A non-repeating single bound referendum CVM with a scope test is the very simplest DCE question. The place where I was not clear is the form of the scope test. If it is the old-fashioned [0,1] scope test that is still being used in the U.S. NRDA context (see the Federal BP oil spill study) then that is probably best labeled CVM. But, if the scope test is conducted with an attribute that varies then the question is both CVM and DCE. At least, that's how I'm thinking about it now.
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Hey fisheries/econ people, is contingent valuation really on the way out? What's replacing it? — Michael C. Russell (@ProfRussellCIE) October 20, 2017 I'd be interested how @johnwhitehead81 and @tim_env_econ would answer this question. — Ngaio Hotte (@nhotte) October 21, 2017 I went on a rant (the kids call it a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Environmental Economics
From my inbox: Applications are now being accepted for the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF). STPF is the premier opportunity for outstanding scientists, social scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills to address today’s most pressing challenges. Fellows serve yearlong... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Environmental Economics
From the inbox: The new issue of Econ Journal Watch is online at In this issue: Who Knows What Willingness to Pay Lurks in the Hearts of Men? John Whitehead argues that certain authors claim to know, based on their survey data, more than they do about people’s willingness... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Here are the first 622 of 5230 words: Two years ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of the Army (EPA-Army 2015) estimated that the total quantified benefits of the Clean Water Rule (CWR) range from a low of $339 million to $350 million (2014 dollars). The largest... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Conference and Meeting: March 15-16, 2018 Pre-conference Professional Development Workshops: March 14, 2018 The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA) is an international group of practitioners, academics and others who are working to improve the theory and application of the tools of benefit-cost analysis. Jump to: Call for Submissions Registration Event... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Follow along on the WebEx!
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2017 on Where I am today at Environmental Economics
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NMFS Economics and Human Dimensions Program Review: Office of Science & Technology Economics & Human Dimensions Program Agenda September 26-28, 2017 DoubleTree Hotel 8727 Colesville Road , Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910 1-301-589-5200 DAY 1 – Tues, September 26 DAY 2 – Wed, September 27 DAY 3 – Thu, September 28... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 26, 2017 at Environmental Economics
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 Sep 21, 2017 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 Sep 21, 2017 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: Here is a link to the live commentary: 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