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John Whitehead
Boone, NC
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Larry Kudlow doesn't have an economics degree. So, if he wasn't the National Economic Council guy, i.e., restricting eligibility for that job by requiring a graduate degree in economics, would that reduce the chances for good public policy outcomes? What does it mean if you disagree like most people on... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Environmental Economics
My sophomore level environmental and resource econ course has a research component. The students are required to write an abstract suitable for submission to an undergraduate research conference. Most of the students are estimating Turnbull willingness to pay using dichotomous choice data from published papers employing regional case studies. As... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Environmental Economics
The WaPo: President Trump's top economist blasted the Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday, dismissing the scorekeeper's recent projections that the Republican tax law would push the nation's annual deficit over $1 trillion. “Never believe the CBO. Very important: Never believe them,” Larry Kudlow, director of Trump's National Economic Council, said... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Environmental Economics
From the email: "Yeah, it’s not all that great these days … just gotta keep plugging away." Thanks!
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Krugman on renewables at Environmental Economics
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I emailed the link to my blog post to the journal that has me in their reviewer database twice so I can't log in to do the review. This is the reply I received less than an hour later. From the inbox: Dear Whitehead, Wait. "Dear Whitehead"? What, are you... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Environmental Economics
I'm not sure I'm as optimistic as Krugman but the attempt to reduce the use of from renewable energy is likely a huge mistake (in terms of dynamic efficiency): Not that long ago, calls for a move to wind and solar power were widely perceived as impractical if not hippie-dippy... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Environmental Economics
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It has gone down something like this: Get a review assignment from a journal Am unable to login to the journal website to retrieve the paper Find out that the journal has created two accounts for me Journal sends me the paper to review via email Can't login to submit... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Environmental Economics
My knee jerk reaction was faux anger -- everything Pruitt seems to reek and the 2012 standards were supported by benefit-cost analysis (1, 2). But for some reason I decided to wait and see what someone who know more about this issue (i.e., someone at RFF) had to say. I'm... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2018 at Environmental Economics
In case you are wondering: The 'American Chopper' meme featuring Paul Teutul and son, explained Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2018 at Environmental Economics
From the inbox: Your article Estimating the Value of Medal Success in the Olympic Games has now been published in Journal of Sports Economics Volume 19 Issue 3, April 2018 and can be viewed at doi.org/10.1177/1527002515626221 Here is the abstract: We estimate Canadians’ willingness to pay (WTP) for medals won... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at Environmental Economics
In the latest issue of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, the journal has gone all-in on YIMBY with a three-paper symposium on housing. The second paper is about changes in rates of homeownership and benefits and costs of homeownership. The first and third papers, though, are both basically making the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Authors: John C. Whitehead, Tim Haab, Sherry L. Larkin, John B. Loomis, Sergio Alvarez, Andrew Ropick Abstract: The lost recreational use values from the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico were estimated from cancelled recreational trips to Northwest Florida. The impacts were calculated using the travel cost... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at Environmental Economics
We got some decent snow today so App State cancelled classes with the encouragement to "winterize" missed courses: Due to increasingly inclement weather, all classes on March 14 are cancelled. Road conditions vary across the county. ... Please use caution during inclement weather. Students should check their email and monitor... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at Environmental Economics
David Roberts: President Donald Trump’s administration has been on a deregulatory bender, particularly when it comes to environmental regulations. As of January, the New York Times counted 67 environmental rules on the chopping block under Trump. This is not one of Trump’s idiosyncrasies, though. His administration is more ham-handed and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Environmental valuation surveys don't provide useful information. — John C. Whitehead (@johnwhitehead81) March 6, 2018 Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at Environmental Economics
From the website: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics is the best-selling text for natural resource economics and environmental economics courses, offering a policy-oriented approach and introducing economic theory and empirical work from the field. Students will leave the course with a global perspective of both environmental and natural resource economics... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Whitehead, John, O. Morgan, and William Huth. "Convergent validity of stated preference methods to estimate willingness-to-pay for seafood traceability: The case of Gulf of Mexico oysters." Economics Bulletin 38, no. 1 (2018): 326-335. Abstract: In this study we compare willingness to pay for a seafood traceability system from contingent behavior... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at Environmental Economics
I have an in-class VEconLab experiment planned for my 10 am environmental and resource econ class. It's 9 am and I'm trying to set it up. Here is the message I'm getting: The program could not make a connection with the database. Possible cause: the Veconlab server may be down... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at Environmental Economics
From TheHill's Overnight Energy email (March 1): Exxon pushed back in a report released Thursday against claims from a study last year on its public statements on climate change. The August study from two Harvard University -- one of whom, Naomi Oreskes, is an outspoken Exxon critic -- used content... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at Environmental Economics
You should beware U.S. companies making announcements about decisions and using government policy as a cover these days, but this seems to make economic sense: American solar company SunPower will lay off about 3 percent of its workforce in March, a decision that comes after President Trump began imposing new... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 2, 2018 at Environmental Economics
From the local paper: With a warm February that saw temperatures climb into the 60s and 70s, several area ski mountains felt the pinch of the weather. Beech Mountain Resort, located in the town of Beech Mountain, closed its slopes for the season on Feb. 24 in response to the... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 2, 2018 at Environmental Economics
John C. Whitehead and Pamela Wicker, Tourism Management, Volume 65, April 2018, Pages 160-169 Abstract This study examines the monetary value of nonmarket benefits to participants of an active sport tourism event, such as happiness and pride from participating in an event. Willingness to travel (WTT) greater distances for future... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at Environmental Economics