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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 6 days ago at Environmental Economics
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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 CNN.com: 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
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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
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This is almost enough to make me move back to Baltimore: Marylanders could have an easier time finding — and affording — local crabs this summer, a survey of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population suggests. There are more than 550 million blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay, an increase... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Too good to pass up: It must have seemed a straightforward way to honor a U.S. Supreme Court justice who was famous for, among other things, prizing straightforwardness. But then people began to titter about the unintended acronym of the Antonin Scalia School of Law — and now George Mason... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Environmental Economics
I found this debate between Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok (at Marginal Revolution University), on whether college education provides learning or signaling, interesting. Particularly important right now: If college education is primarily learning and learning is productivity enhancing, then universal college education will be productivity enhancing, but if college degrees... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Seems about right: "Here I go again on my own Goin' down the only road I've ever known Like a drifter I was born to walk alone An' I've made up my mind, I ain't wasting no more time"
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Hopefully it was a rejction [sic].
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This is how to celebrate the life of a friend. *For the record, I'm not planning to go anywhere anytime soon. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2016 at Environmental Economics
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Apparently Steven Goddard doesn't like me pointing out his misrepresentation of the NOAA sea level data: Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at Environmental Economics
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A Drudge headline this morning points to this story that claims sea levels have been falling for the past 6 years. And the story is correct. Here's the graphic proof based on data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Nothing to look at here. Everyone's safe. No worries. But,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at Environmental Economics
No way to pass up posting a tragedy like this: The front of the Busch beer truck then struck the Frito-Lay truck, prompting the Frito-Lay truck to overturn and spill beer and chips onto the roadway, according to FHP. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at Environmental Economics
The scientific debates between human-induced climate change and sports-induced Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) are eerily similar: ...a consensus statement issued by two dozen neuroscientists, [noted] that CTE has "only been found in individuals who were exposed to brain trauma, typically multiple episodes." ...until researchers are able to study football players... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Environmental Economics
In a presentation titled "Alternatives for Making Federal Highway Spending More Productive," a Congressional Budget economist proposes three approaches to improving methods for spending on highway infrastructure: To make federal highway spending more productive for the economy, policymakers could adopt different approaches to managing highways and determining how to allocate... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Keep it simple stupid: Research papers containing abstracts that are shorter and consist of more commonly used words accumulate citations more successfully, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Informetrics. After analyzing more than 200,000 academic papers published between 1999 and 2008, the authors found that abstracts... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Your thoughts on this are appreciated. There's been a good bit of news lately on the issue of replication in various disciplines. Psychology may or may not be in the midst of a replication crisis. Experimental economics bats around .600 when is comes to replicability in a very small sample,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at Environmental Economics
How big is your P? I'm sure Donald Trump could answer that, but I'm talking about the big news today that statisticians think that the general science/social science/pseudo-science community have been using P-values wrong and it has affected the state of scientific research and publication in general. I'm not a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Most read articles from Applied Economics Policy and Perspectives in February, 2016: Jonas Kathage, Menale Kassie, Bekele Shiferaw, and Matin Qaim "Big Constraints or Small Returns? Explaining Nonadoption of Hybrid Maize in Tanzania" Appl. Econ. Perspect. Pol. (2016) 38 (1): 113-131 first published online April 7, 2015 doi:10.1093/aepp/ppv009 Harry de... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Via Retraction Watch: After reading too many papers that either are not reproducible or contain statistical errors (or both), the American Statistical Association (ASA) has been roused to action. Today the group released six principles for the use and interpretation of p values. P-values are used to search for differences... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Over the past decade, there has been a boom in bourbon sales (John's Kentucky relatives rejoice!). The demand increase has driven an increase in prices and move toward substitutes, like single-malt scotch. Unfortunately for scotch substituters, the long-time attraction of scotch has been its long aging process and rare commodity... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2016 at Environmental Economics
I rely on John for references.
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While reviewing for my first PhD Applied Econometrics class of the year I noticed that the paper on which my hand written notes are written is oddly yellowish when compared to the bright white of the freshly copied problem set. I'm not sure if this should concern me, or my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2016 at Environmental Economics
Here are the basics of the economics of pollution: Pollution, as a by-product of economic activity, imposes a cost on someone other than those making the decision of how much to pollute. Because those deciding how much to pollute don't bear the full cost of polluting, they over-pollute. Over-pollution results... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2016 at Environmental Economics