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John Whitehead
Boone, NC
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Posted 2 days ago 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 2 days ago 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 2 days ago 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
Is "environmental benefit denier" a term (Scott Pruitt Is Carrying Out His E.P.A. Agenda in Secret, Critics Say)? Mr. Pruitt’s efforts to undo a major water protection rule are one example of his moves to quickly and stealthily dismantle regulations. The rule, known as Waters of the United States, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Alan Krupnick: Can there possibly be a worse idea than to have the federal government give every ton of eastern coal burned a $15 subsidy—as was proposed by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice. To put this in perspective, the current price of coal from West Virginia ranges from $45 to... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 11, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Berkeley Electronic Press (BEPress) was founded as a response to the for-profit journal industry. The folks who started it weren't going to make any money until they sold it to DeGruyter (and I can't say whether they made any money off the sale). Well (Elsevier acquires bepress): Today, Elsevier announces... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Environmental Economics
yes, thanks!
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2017 on User fees at Environmental Economics
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Here you go: Consumer’s Guide to Regulatory Impact Analysis: Ten Tips for Being an Informed Policymaker Dudley, S., et al. (2017). Consumer’s Guide to Regulatory Impact Analysis: Ten Tips for Being an Informed Policymaker. Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, 1-18. doi:10.1017/bca.2017.11 Abstract Regulatory impact analyses (RIAs) weigh the benefits of regulations... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Environmental Economics
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Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Andrew Gelman: Again, I’m not saying that Heckman and his colleagues are doing this. I can only assume they’re reporting what, to them, are their best estimates. Unfortunately these methods are biased. But a lot of people with classical statistics and econometrics training don’t realize this: they thing regression coefficients... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 20, 2017 at Environmental Economics
*Doing what it takes: "Hiking" the 4.8 mile roundtrip Grandfather Trail (the last half mile featured thunder, lightning, pouring rain and some hail) at Grandfather Mountain State Park to better understand Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (I think that dead tree in the middle is a Hemlock). The last time I hiked... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Actually, the mainstream media seems to be covering the non-climate work that Pruitt is doing at the EPA fairly well (e.g., this, this and this): Pruitt argued that the media's focus on climate change has distracted from the work he is doing at the EPA on everything from air pollution... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 13, 2017 at Environmental Economics
This is the kind of thing I say to annoy and embarrass my kids: Pruitt bristled at the phrase "climate denier," a description that his critics have often applied to him in light of his repeated statements disputing scientific conclusions about the large role humans play in warming the planet.... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 13, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Oh, I would really enjoy a butt-load of money. I'd feel happy about writing almost anything even if my earlier career was focused on doing the opposite (and I'd probably feel OK about reversing my opinion later if that money was good).
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IKR, if only an oil company would write an abstract and outline of a paper for me and give me a butt-load of money to collect crappy data and demonstrate the crappiness of an empirical method then life would be good!
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Some people will say just about anything: Pruitt repeated his criticism of the Paris deal, casting doubt on whether the United States would remain part of the climate agreement even if the Trump administration rewrites former President Barack Obama's aggressive plan to cut U.S. emissions. When Trump announced the withdrawal... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 13, 2017 at Environmental Economics
This guy might be the biggest in a large field of hypocrites: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt dismissed European critics of President Donald Trump's climate policies as hypocrites on Wednesday, while chastising German Chancellor Angela Merkel for phasing out her country's nuclear power plants. "I just think the hypocrisy runs rampant,"... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 13, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Where have I heard a story like this before? The tech giant Google has paid academics up to hundreds of thousands of dollars to research topics that support the company’s business practices, according to an investigation by The Wall Street Journal, based on data compiled by the Campaign for Accountability,... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 12, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Or, people with strong views on climate change from around the country, some with PhDs and some armed with the Bible, compete in silly competitions to become assistant to the EPA administrator.
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Or teams of climate scientists race around the world with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning the amazing race to explain the truth about climate science.
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