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John Whitehead
Boone, NC
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From the Huffington Post (which I try to avoid unless they are writing something funny about Exxon*): ExxonMobil has long maintained that it supports a carbon tax in the United States. For instance, here’s Suzanne McCarron, ExxonMobil vice president of public and government affairs, in the Los Angeles Times on... Continue reading
Reblogged 8 hours ago at Environmental Economics
I dislike the fact that I can't let this go but in September of 2015 I said this in response to that title of a Mankiw column: "I don't really understand how one can say that the Republican Party is where efficient climate policy will happen." And still, while I... Continue reading
Reblogged 8 hours ago at Environmental Economics
Again, if you haven't realized it yet, this little bit of deception by VW was not a very smart thing to do: Volkswagen has agreed to pay up to $14.7 billion to settle claims stemming from its diesel emissions cheating scandal, in what would be one of the largest consumer... Continue reading
Reblogged yesterday at Environmental Economics
It would be funny if it wasn't so messed up: [Boris Johnson] suggested that Britain should take its time before entering separation proceedings with Brussels, and he gave no details about when he would want to start the process. And the vision he sketched out — of a Britain that... Continue reading
Reblogged yesterday at Environmental Economics
Definition: The act of doing something you know you'll regret immediately after. "I always knew it was a terrible idea to vote 'leave', I guess I was just behaving British." And seriously, how will this affect the EU ETS? Did they ever think of that? No, the big stupidheads. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Environmental Economics
This weirdness happens every time gas prices fall significantly: Falling gas prices have made big, heavy cars fashionable again, said Michael Sivak, the director of sustainable worldwide transportation at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute. In fact, demand for trucks, S.U.V.s and vans has rebounded to historic levels after... Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at Environmental Economics
David Zetland: Few people want to think about a grim, rather than ever-better, future (I have for awhile now), but preparation offers more protection than hope. That's why I have started a new project, Life Plus 2 Meters, that will give authors and readers the chance to explore many possible... Continue reading
Reblogged 3 days ago at Environmental Economics
Joshua Linn, Dallas Burtraw and Kristen McCormack: On February 9, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a surprising decision to halt implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan until the resolution of the rule’s legal challenges. The court did not explain its action, but one of the central arguments... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 10, 2016 at Environmental Economics
From the RFF public relations machine: Nearly all US regions stand to gain economic benefits from power plant carbon standards that set moderately stringent emission targets and allow a high level of compliance flexibility, according to a new study by scientists from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Syracuse... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 8, 2016 at Environmental Economics
All that matters is that p < 0.05: Researchers have fixed a number of papers after mistakenly reporting that people who hold conservative political beliefs are more likely to exhibit traits associated with psychoticism, such as authoritarianism and tough-mindedness. As one of the notices specifies, now it appears that liberal... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 8, 2016 at Environmental Economics
From the RePEc blog back on May 17: In light of today’s announcement that Elsevier has bought SSRN, we take the opportunity to clarify whether this could happen to RePEc. The short answer is: no, this is impossible. The long answer is below. The objective of RePEc is not not... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Environmental Economics
From the Chronicle of Higher Education: The publishing giant Elsevier announced this week that it had bought the Social Science Research Network, an online community where scholars in the humanities and social sciences freely share preprints of their academic work. You may have heard about this on social media, where... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 8, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Now, that's funny!
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Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Environmental Economics
The opportunity cost of targeting a top 5 journal is quite high for those economists with only warning track power.
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tru dat
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Matt Kahn: Paul Krugman has published a perfectly reasonable piece about the politics of climate change mitigation. ... Given that Dr. Krugman is a brilliant economist, I'm surprised by how lazy his piece happens to be. He turns to discussing the psychological mindset of Republicans rather than delving into the... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 5, 2016 at Environmental Economics
I am an expert in the field of "Stupid and Stupider." From the inbox: Dear Dr. John Whitehead, My name is Ellery Willianms, the editorial assistant of Business and Management Studies (ISSN: 2374-5916; E-ISSN: 2374-5924). BMS is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published by the Redfame Publishing. The journal is published... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2016 at Environmental Economics
In response to the dust up at the AER I received this from Harvey Dent (aka "Two-Face") via twitter (cc'd to media/blog economics types): @johnwhitehead81 deserves praise. Only academic economist to voice opinion My response: Really? I guess I have nothing to lose. As Nicholas Bourbaki says in his/their anonymous... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2016 at Environmental Economics
I left a comment.
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Sorry, my "this" was vague. Instead of Thoma's argument, as interpreted above, I meant that to say Republican argument. As in: Is the Republican argument liberal or conservative? I'd say neither...
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oh dear, that's scary.
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Sometimes the answers come from unexpected places: The Georgia Council on Economic Education has named Morrow High’s Cary Hargett its 2016 Georgia Economic Teacher of the Year. Hargett was honored for his contributions to the economic education of students in Clayton County Public Schools, school officials noted in a press... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 2, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Mark Thoma on "the conservative bias in economics": I have a new column: Yes, Nick Kristof, There Is a Conservative Bias in Economics: Nicholas Kristof recent reignited the debate over liberal bias in academia with his claim that “universities risk becoming liberal echo chambers and hostile environments for conservatives.” He... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 1, 2016 at Environmental Economics
That was the question I received via twitter in response to this post: "Economists go wild over overlooked citations in [AER] preprint on prenatal stress." My comment was: While I'm not discounting the fact that there may have been some selective non-citation, the bros at EJMRs are over the top.... Continue reading
Reblogged May 31, 2016 at Environmental Economics