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John Whitehead
Boone, NC
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My strategy is to reveal my lack of seriousness and reduce the number of journal reviews that I'm asked to do. From the inbox: Dear Colonel Whitehead, Our records indicated that you had multiple user records on the [redacted] editorial management system for the [redacted journal name]. These multiple records... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Environmental Economics
This is a tough one (Watching a ridge slide in slow motion ...): The fissure was first spotted in October on Rattlesnake Ridge in south central Washington State, overlooking Interstate 82 and the Yakima River. Since then, a 20-acre chunk of mountainside — roughly four million cubic yards of rock,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Environmental Economics
From the AERE listserv (Resecon): More data on household economic activities have been made available to the public in the past two decades. Geophysical data, such as periodically global maps of night lights, aerosol, rainfall and temperature, are also produced and available (e.g., NASA Earth Observation). Soon, large data sets... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Environmental Economics
I'm on sabbatical: Under the generous support of the Harold C. Troxler Endowment, John C. Whitehead will be the inaugural Troxler Visiting Distinguished Professor of Economics this year. ( Dr. Whitehead is a highly regarded scholar in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. He began his academic career as an Assistant... Continue reading
Reblogged 7 days ago at Environmental Economics
From the WSJ Weekly Review email: Trump Administration on Power Plants By Timothy Puko | Jan 09, 2018 TOPICS: Energy, Regulation SUMMARY: Federal energy regulators Monday rejected a Trump administration proposal aimed at shoring up struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants. CLASSROOM APPLICATION: Students can discuss whether Federal Entergy [sic]... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Suppose you have a 3 x 3 experimental design in a stated preference survey with cost $100, $250, and $500 and benefit is 25%, 50% and 75% improvement (in quality or quantity) variables. You ask more than one choice question. SurveyMonkey spits out the data with a number code which... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Abstract: We provide evidence from a nationally representative survey on Americans' willingness to pay (WTP) for a carbon tax, and public preferences for how potential carbon-tax revenue should be spent. The average WTP for a tax on fossil fuels that increases household energy bills is US$177 per year. This translates... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 11, 2018 at Environmental Economics
What? There's a gender problem in economics? It is not difficult to find an all-male panel at the annual January mega-gathering of American economists. They are as common as PowerPoint presentations and pie charts. One such panel this year met to sleepily critique President Trump’s economic policies, but it was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Environmental Economics
For example: Mueller-Langer, F. and Watt, R. (2018), HOW MANY MORE CITES IS A $3,000 OPEN ACCESS FEE BUYING YOU? EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE FROM A NATURAL EXPERIMENT. Econ Inq. doi:10.1111/ecin.12545 Abstract. We analyze the effect of open access (OA) status of journal articles on citations. Using cross-sectional and panel data from... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 10, 2018 at Environmental Economics
I swear that I will, according to my ability and judgment, protect the credibility of science by carrying out this oath and this indenture. To make the grounds for my scientific claims transparent and available for others to scrutinize, to welcome that scrutiny and accept that others will be skeptical... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 9, 2018 at Environmental Economics
This is not one of my adventures*: Three years after receiving a complaint about extensive plagiarism and major errors in an anti-global warming paper, Elsevier says it’s still reviewing the allegations. ... After Jokimäki’s September 2014 exchange with Elsevier, he heard nothing from the publisher or journal for 10 months.... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 9, 2018 at Environmental Economics
In case you missed it over the holiday break: The Trump administration is poised to roll back offshore drilling safety regulations that were put in place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 people and caused the worst oil spill in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Glenn Hubbard: “If we had a $40/ton carbon tax, that would raise 1.5 trillion dollars.” #ASSA2018 — Teevrat (@teevrat) January 6, 2018 Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Environmental Economics
From the inbox: 21-Dec-2017 Dear John, Thank you for submitting your revised manuscript to the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. It is a pleasure to accept your manuscript BCA-2015-0053.R2 "A benefit-cost analysis of a red drum stock enhancement program in South Carolina" in its current form for publication in JBCA. ...... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Environmental Economics
NCEE is hiring (yes, again, but we should be clear of the hiring freeze). We have permanent positions for research economists focusing on CGE modeling, electricity or energy market modeling, and applied microeconomic analysis and a position for a visiting scholar or postdoc on CGE modeling. NCEE is a pretty... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2017 at Environmental Economics
With a carbon tax or cap-and-trade: In 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued the Clean Power Plan under which each state can set a mass-based target to meet its assigned electric power sector carbon dioxide emission reductions. If it proceeds, states can design policies to meet those requirements and... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 14, 2017 at Environmental Economics
If you throw away your pennies think about this: According to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest Weekly Petroleum Status Report, nationwide gasoline stocks have grown in each of the past five weeks – a new trend for 2017. Over this time period, gasoline stocks increased by roughly 17 million... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 14, 2017 at Environmental Economics
History suggests there will be some sort of recession during the next 3 years. There are two important people (Obama, Yellen) who will not be at fault but might get blamed by certain others (Trump, Mnuchin, McConnell, Ryan, Hannity, etc).
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Revised first sentence: A pet peeve of mine as an economist is when the Quarterback [President] takes too much credit for [economic] wins and does not accept much blame for [economic] losses.
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Jacob Hochard (Department of Economics, ICSP), Greg Howard (Department of Economics), Kayla Clark (School of Art and Design), John Whitehead (Visiting Troxler Professor Department of Economics) and Yuanhao Li (Norwegian School of Economics) partnered with the Salvation Army during the holiday season to conduct a local field experiment. The Troxler-funded... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 14, 2017 at Environmental Economics
From POLITICO's Morning Energy: Meanwhile, Democrats and liberal groups asked for the tax bill to be put on hold until Alabama Democrat Doug Jones is sworn in. "There should be no votes on the despicable GOP tax scheme or other dangerous efforts to put the profits of corporate polluters and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2017 at Environmental Economics
I feel the earth move under my feet, I feel the sky tumbling, a'tumbling down ... (Quakes and Fires ...): For the half-century after World War II, California represented the epitome of middle-class America on the move. As people poured into the state in search of good weather and the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2017 at Environmental Economics
David Weimer (Nobel Laureate Richard Thaler, Behavioral Economics, and Benefit-Cost Analysis): Rational action lies at the heart of neoclassical economics. Sovereign consumers make choices that maximize their utilities. By observing the tradeoffs implicit in actual choices, or eliciting tradeoffs for hypothetical choices, benefit-cost analysts impute willingness to pay for desirable... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Republican attacks on the official tax scorekeepers is on par with their climate change denial and support for creationism. — Lawrence H. Summers (@LHSummers) December 4, 2017 Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Environmental Economics
A cool new paper is the first (?) to use a discrete choice experiment in the AER: Mas, Alexandre, and Amanda Pallais. 2017. "Valuing Alternative Work Arrangements." American Economic Review, 107(12): 3722-59. Abstract: We employ a discrete choice experiment in the employment process for a national call center to estimate... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at Environmental Economics