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In a recent publication by the Chronicle of Higher Education outlining a vision for how universities can refocus their research vision on problems and solutions of greatest benefit to society (rather than a focus on return on investment), the Chronicle asked: What can universities, governments, journals, and private funders of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Environmental Economics
US researchers explain that exposure to exceptional performance can breed 'exemplary discouragement', pushing us away from wanting to be successful. ...'Being exposed to peers' excellent performance makes people feel less capable of performing at the level of those peers. This changed belief appears to decrease student performance.' 'Discouragement by peer... Continue reading
Reblogged 4 days ago at Environmental Economics
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Graphic of the Day (From The Economist): Conclusion: Economics professors are horribly brilliant (or is it brilliantly horrible?) My experience is that students either love or hate economics. The middle is very small. So the contrast here doesn't surprise me. But I think there is a more important, and troubling,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Environmental Economics
In the 3rd bay of their 3-car garage of course. (or in their outbuilding in John's case).
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By contrast, a major factor driving increasing costs is the constant expansion of university administration. According to the Department of Education data, administrative positions at colleges and universities grew by 60 percent between 1993 and 2009, which Bloomberg reported was 10 times the rate of growth of tenured faculty positions.... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 22, 2016 at Environmental Economics
I've written in the past about the Emerald Ash Borer and the problems they cause in Ohio. This post is about a different kind of ash, coal-ash, and the problems it causes in Ohio (and other states). Coal-ash is a by-product of coals fired electricity production. The ash from burning... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Environmental Economics
...perhaps we can learn to love North Korea now that it claims to have invented a revolutionary liquor that won't leave you bleary-eyed and hungover... "Koryo Liquor, which is made of six-year-old Kaesong Koryo insam, known as being highest in medicinal effect, and the scorched rice, is highly appreciated by... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 19, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Rex, thanks for the insightful comment.
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Wow. That's pretty surprising, in a call into question the integrity of the process sort of way...unless one considers me a distinguished scholar, then I have no problem with it. But most likely, I'm offended by it.
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A few years back, OSU put energy efficient windows in our building. I'm sitting here on January 15 with my air conditioner running.
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In a highly non-scientific exercise, I kicked off my Principles of Food and Resource Economics (Honors) class yesterday by asking the students their opinion on 23 statements about economic situations that I pulled from published (or soon-to-be published) surveys of professional economists. Most of the statements were pulled from Robert... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Cycle helmets are promoted as a way of reducing injury if someone is knocked off their bike, but new research suggests they may be increasing the risk of accidents in the first place. Psychologists have discovered that people wearing cycle helmets tend to take more risks than they would if... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 11, 2016 at Environmental Economics
From the inbox: Dear Dr. Haab, This is to inquire whether you have received my earlier email inviting you to be the Lead Guest Editor for a Special Issue in Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine. If you are interested, I will be glad to provide you with more details.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Gasoline prices are driven mostly by four factors: oil prices, proximity to refineries, refinery capacity and state taxes and levies. Oil prices have dropped below $33 a barrel and continue to collapse. The recent decision by Saudi Arabia to continue to keep its oil exports high essentially has dissolved the... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 10, 2016 at Environmental Economics
If you feel like you had one too many drinks over the winter holiday season -- you probably did. At least, if tough new guidelines on drinking just announced by the UK's chief medical officers are anything to go by. Perhaps timing the announcement to coincide with many Britons' January... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 8, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Bingo--although Nebraska has grown on me as beard has grayed.
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Diverged may be too strong. Bruce led you down the alt/country/rock path while I slipped onto the mainstream rock path.
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John lives in the sticks of North Carolina, so it's not too surprising when he posts wildlife pics. I live in the suburbs of a major metropolitan area. so it's a little more surprising when I get to post wildlife pics. Here's a pic my wife sent me today: Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at Environmental Economics
...and then our musical tastes diverged. I listened to almost the whole 5 disk live box set on the plane back from San Francisco last night (while I wrote a review and then tried to prep for my class that starts on Tuesday). Question: Is it still a box set if it's on my phone?
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From a student comment on an upper level benefit/cost analysis class: I know it is an economics class, but it is environmental and natural resource economics so you would expect to talk about other things that are important other than money. Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at Environmental Economics
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Spending a few days visiting family in Southern California. Went to Catalina Island for the day today. First I took a quick tour of the island. Then I observed the extent of the water shortage on the island: Finally I observed the economic solution to the water shortage. They charged... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2015 at Environmental Economics
Higher taxes on cigarettes and laws banning public smoking both induce people to give up the habit, but bans work better, according to a study led by an Ohio State University sociology professor. Researchers found the strongest deterrent in places with both a ban and relatively high cigarette taxes, according... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 23, 2015 at Environmental Economics
Just got the table of contents for the latest American Economic Journal: Applied Economics and two of the titles struck me: Star Wars: The Empirics Strike Back Kwacha Gonna Do? Experimental Evidence about Labor Supply in Rural Malawi Come on gang, we can do better than that*. *Did you hear... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at Environmental Economics
It's the end of the semester and oil prices are low. What better time to give my thoughts on the inevitable catastrophic low oil price story. The epic oil crash could end next year. EPIC! Can you feel it, see it, hear it today? But before prices start to climb... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 18, 2015 at Environmental Economics
A message I just sent to our department faculty: I know it’s ridiculous timing, and the University scheduling committee needs to take a close look at this, but PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU GET YOUR GRADES FOR GRADUATING STUDENTS IN BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. All other grades are due by Monday at... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at Environmental Economics