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John Whitehead
Boone, NC
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The WSJ's Numbers "guy": The true cost of electricity is difficult to pin down. That’s because a number of inputs comprise it: the cost of fuel itself, the cost of production, as well as the cost of dealing with the damage that fuel does to the environment. Energy Points, a... Continue reading
Reblogged yesterday at Environmental Economics
Spencer Banzhaf: In a new RFF discussion paper, “Valuation of Ecosystem Services in the Southern Appalachian Mountains,” RFF colleagues Dallas Burtraw, Alan Krupnick, and Juha Siikamäki and I, along with Susie Chung Criscimagna of Eden Housing, Bernard Cosby of the University of Virginia, and David Evans of EPA, estimate the... Continue reading
Reblogged yesterday at Environmental Economics
From The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Internet can be a nasty place, as academics know well from Rate My Professors. It is on that website that faculty members might learn, for example, that their students think they are “useless” or a “general moron,” and say anyone “would enjoy eating... Continue reading
Reblogged 6 days ago at Environmental Economics
Three things: I'm not sure what sort of rents are available via conference participation. The state of NC won't pay for my beer (and only part of my food unless I choose to eat low-end). There is nothing comparable to a good day of conference session to "recharge my research batteries" via inspiration or connecting with an existing or potential co-author.
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Here is one we are watching closely: H.R. 5069 would allow the Department of the Interior (DOI) to raise the price charged for Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps (referred to as federal duck stamps). Federal duck stamps are annual permits sold by the federal government to hunt migratory... Continue reading
Reblogged 7 days ago at Environmental Economics
I apologize ahead of time for the rant that's ahead. The rant is motivated by daily interactions with my colleagues who mostly have PhD's in statistics, computer science and mathematics. This gives me a different and less-economisty view of model building and validating in general, so bare with me. When... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Environmental Economics
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From the Chronicle of Higher Ed: The American Sociological Association’s annual meeting drew about 6,000 people to San Francisco last month to share and discuss the latest research in the field, make professional connections, and catch up with colleagues. But missing from the crowd were scholars like Julie E. Hartman-Linck,... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 9, 2014 at Environmental Economics
The Data Points blog at the Chronicle of Higher Education: One could be excused for thinking the value of a college degree is in a downward spiral. With overall student-loan debt topping $1-trillion and tuition racing upward, to college graduates facing high levels of underemployment and stagnating wages, it might... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 5, 2014 at Environmental Economics
... is our passivity when our employers erect monopolies on campus to exploit students: The rise of online textbook retailers such as Chegg, Amazon, and Half.com, has put official college and university bookstores on the defensive. Once the default source of course materials, campus bookstores run by Barnes & Noble... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 5, 2014 at Environmental Economics
This is outrageous, probably part of some Reagan-era Department of Interior program: As part of an effort to provide equal opportunities across habitats and enrich the lives of wildlife throughout the nation, officials from the EPA unveiled a new biodiversity program Friday that will bus in species from different ecosystems.... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 5, 2014 at Environmental Economics
TABLE OF CONTENTS Editorial Barbara Harrison MRE Editorial Assistant and Technical Editor 1998–2014(p. 199) James Anderson, Cathy Roheim, and Marty Smith Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/677768 Articles Increasing Pressure on Unregulated Species Due to Changes in Individual Vessel Quotas: An Empirical Application to Trawler Fishing in the Baltic Sea(pp. 201-217) Barbara Hutniczak... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 4, 2014 at Environmental Economics
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The environmental economics blog invested some of our hard-earned money in the Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change's Kickstarter campaign. We definitely wanted a cameo and we got it on page 106 (I think I'm the guy with the gray hair): Tim: I recently discovered your copy of the book at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Environmental Economics
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It is not just a Ben & Jerry's flavor: Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Environmental Economics
My favorite reply to this one is "Listen, I'm not joking. This is my job!": 3. Don’t pack up your things as the class is ending. We get it. The minute hand is closing in on the end of class, there’s a shift in the instructor’s voice, and you hear... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 4, 2014 at Environmental Economics
On the Faculty Senate's agenda for September is a "Resolution on the Status of Resolutions." Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Environmental Economics
David Zetland: A few months ago, I was going back and forth on pricing Living with Water Scarcity, i.e., finding a balance between cheap (more sales) and expensive (more revenue). That debate was complicated by the (real or imaged) ideas that higher prices mean more value or a greater obligation... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 3, 2014 at Environmental Economics
This is a good thing: Tar Heels in search of the easy A, beware. Starting this fall, UNC-Chapel Hill transcripts will provide a little truth in grading. From now on, transcripts for university graduates will contain a healthy dose of context. Next to a student’s grade, the record will include... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 2, 2014 at Environmental Economics
You'd be hard-pressed to talk me into a mail or telephone survey these days. From the Chronicle of Higher Education: ... a host of researchers, spurred by the rising cost of telephone polls and plummeting participation rates, are pushing to use a new generation of online-only surveys for their research.... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 30, 2014 at Environmental Economics
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Posted Aug 30, 2014 at Environmental Economics
From the western NC best kept secret list: Laughing Seed Cafe, Asheville Not so long ago, eating at a vegetarian restaurant could be an ascetic experience even for vegetarians. But all those meat eaters have no idea what they’re missing when they walk past the Laughing Seed Cafe. It distills... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 28, 2014 at Environmental Economics
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Just a little something to make Tim jealous, from the ASSA program (searching on Q5): Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Environmental Economics
Yoram Bauman: With a new school year approaching, this is a good time to update our review of the treatment of climate change in economics textbooks. As in our 2010 and 2012 reviews, some books hit the mark while others are wildly misleading. But we’re happy to say that there’s... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 25, 2014 at Environmental Economics
The course is for senior economics majors, MBAs and graduate students from other programs. My reading list includes BCA examples, overviews, technical stuff (in mostly non-technical language) and other stuff. Am I missing anything? Allen, Bryon P., and John B. Loomis. "The Decision to use Benefit Transfer or Conduct Original... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Environmental Economics
Natural hazards: UTC time: Sunday, August 24, 2014 23:16 PM Your time: Sunday, August 24 2014 7:16 PM No tsunami statement issued Magnitude Type: md USGS page: M 2.4 - 4km NE of Blowing Rock, North Carolina USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist Reports from the public: 17 people via... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 25, 2014 at Environmental Economics