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This graphic in the Washington Post is stunning: Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Having grown up in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, it's good the hear that it looks like years of effort to improve the Bay's water quality might be paying off: Conditions may be "poor to moderate" in Chesapeake Bay but scientists still found a reason to celebrate. America's largest estuary got... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Although I've never been there, I've found my happy place...Austria. I really don't have anything to add. Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Quite possibly the most depressing introduction to a pseudo-academic workshop I have seen: How can we best live at this moment of severe environmental degradation? How can we work and teach on behalf of environmental wellbeing without becoming overwhelmed, embittered, or burned out? Is there a way to thrive in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Environmental Economics
"I guess I have nothing to lose." There are still those who believe they are not validated as an economist until they hit the AER--or one of the big journals. As a faculty member once said to me when I asked why he was obsessed with getting in the AER: "You already have your JPE." a) My JPE was a comment, b) The goal of the JPE comment was not to validate myself, but rather make a correction in the hopes of furthering knowledge. Maybe that's why you and I don't care what we say here...we're secure enough in whatever level of success we currently enjoy that chasing the elusive AER article has low net marginal value. Pissing off other ego-driven economists though--priceless.
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On April 30, 2012, I wrote: Here is my solution to any aquatic invasive specie problem. Have the government start a covert marketing campaign designed to convince the public that the invasive specie is in fact a delicacy. They can even rename the specie to make it sound appetizing (think... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at Environmental Economics
From the Onion: Following what they deemed to be a peculiar interaction with a number of possible implications, the nation’s top overthinkers gathered for an intensive three-day symposium this week to determine what that’s supposed to mean. Thousands of overthinkers from across the country, who were seen furrowing their brows... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Big men's joints start to fail them as they approach 50.
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I figure since John put it on Facebook, I can put it here... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Law of Demand: As prices go up, the amount demanded goes down, and vice-versa. Impact: As prices rise two things happen, people demand less of that which costs more, and people will switch to what are now relatively cheaper substitutes Illustration: And Andy Puzder, CEO of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's,... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Revisionist history: ECU hired Craig after we both left, so he easily replaced two pairs of big shoes.
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Trump's stated position on climate change on Dec. 30, 2015, in Hilton Head, S.C., "Obama's talking about all of this with the global warming and … a lot of it's a hoax. It's a hoax. I mean, it's a money-making industry, OK? It's a hoax, a lot of it." Trump's... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Apparently what we used to call a nature walk (or a stroll through the park, or a walk in the woods) is now a form of meditation: To give shinrin-yoku a try, choose a spot based on physical ability and convenience. Do not choose a route that is too strenuous:... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Environmental Economics
The Intelligent Economist (oxymoron?) lists the 100 best economics blogs for 2016: If you’re looking for practical, insightful and educational economics blogs, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the 100 best economics blogs online, listed in no particular order. Today, as you know, there’s no shortage of high-quality... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at Environmental Economics
An anonymous comment from an anonymous student about an anonymous professor* in an anonymous class dealing with food economics at an anonymous institution of higher education: I found it annoying how this class approached the topic of food strictly from an economics standpoint. The professor talked a lot about the... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Pretty cool way to present global temperature data (click the picture to take you to the video): Spiralling global temperatures from 1850-2016 (full animation) — Ed Hawkins (@ed_hawkins) May 9, 2016 Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Following my theoretical proof from Sunday that math leads to terrorism, here is the applied version of the proof: Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at Environmental Economics
A new extreme in our growing aversion to math: Guido Menzio, an economist at the University of Pennsylvania, was pulled off of an American Airlines regional jet from Philadelphia to Syracuse because he was doing math. I'm guessing the logic goes something like this: Numbers are Arabic. Many Arabs are... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at Environmental Economics
The U.S. government has started programs to pay for the relocation of those located in particularly vulnerable areas: In January, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced grants totaling $1 billion in 13 states to help communities adapt to climate change, by building stronger levees, dams and drainage systems.... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Obviously you're a shitty writer. See, no exclamation point needed.
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Interesting results, but the policy recommendations seem like killing an ant with a sledgehammer. In the first study of its kind, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) researcher Alan Meier, working with Yuche Chen of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, have estimated the fuel consumption penalty of this popular and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Environmental Economics
In evaluating benefits and costs, preferences matter. For the most part, people like milder weather. That's why people move to Florida and Arizona during the winter (that and tax breaks, but let's stick with the weather for now). As temperatures increase, people get more of what they like: longer milder... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Yoram Bauman on carbon taxes on Yoram Bauman learned about the idea that would change his life, and the course of the world, as a nerdy undergraduate at Reed College. The economics professor's pitch was so simple he couldn't shake it. We should make bad stuff more expensive. And,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Environmental Economics
When talking about outsourcing jobs, why don't politicians ever mention the less expensive goods we get in return? This from coverage of last night's Democratic debate: Sanders is no fan of General Electric. He and the iconic American company have been trading jabs ever since Sanders attacked the firm in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at Environmental Economics