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From the inbox: Dear Dr. Haab, One of the articles you authored a while ago caught my attention and I am hoping to discuss with you publishing a followup article, or even a review article in the Internal Medicine Review. The article was entitled "A revealed preference approach to valuing... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Environmental Economics
From the LA Times, Democrats and Republicans can get along on climate change policy: California lawmakers voted Monday evening to extend the state’s premiere program on climate change, a victory for Gov. Jerry Brown that included unprecedented Republican support for fighting global warming. In a break with party leaders and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Environmental Economics
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Canadian economist and former* frequent visitor to Env-Econ, Mike Moffatt, posted this interesting picture to his Facebook page. Mike is center in front of the flag--glory hog. The interesting part is Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau two seats to his left--sitting at a seat with the wrong name tag for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Environmental Economics
News from the Ohio legislature: Under a previous version of the two-year budget plan, board of trustees at every Ohio college would have had to create a policy for post-tenure reviews at least every five years to help “ensure accountability” The legislature declined to make a decision on the post-tenure... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Environmental Economics
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Just got around to reading the Hsiang et al piece in Science on the inequitable economics impacts of climate change. Here's the abstract: Estimates of climate change damage are central to the design of climate policies. Here, we develop a flexible architecture for computing damages that integrates climate science, econometric... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Six hours and no algae. All is good in the world.
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No point to this post (like most of my posts) but I just found this amusing, and it's summer, and I like to use profanity, and I think Chris Christie embodies everything wrong with politics right now, and he doesn't care so why should I? Gov. Chris Christie’s trip to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Possibly unrelated, but would it be wrong if I officially drop the H from my last name and then insist that all papers list authors alphabetically with lead authorship assigned to the first author?
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No signs of algal blooms yet. I think I'll stay for a while and make sure. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Interesting read from the Guardian on how even the cherry-picked data against climate change is no longer against climate change (I know the Guardian is just a liberal rag written by those non-EU Brits with an agenda and unlikely to change any deniers' minds because it is probably FAKE NEWS,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Environmental Economics
It starts like a bad joke...and ends as a BAD joke: What do ExxonMobil, Stephen Hawking, the Nature Conservancy, and Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Treasury and Chief of Staff have in common? All have signed on as founding members to the Climate Leadership Council, which has met with the White... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Environmental Economics
I'm going to the Outer Banks of North Carolina soon. I might have to take a peak at the new island that has formed off of Cape Point before the developer get a hold of it. North Carolina's Cape Hatteras National Seashore has always been stunning, but now there's a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at Environmental Economics
More cuts er...non-renewals for the EPA Board of Scientific Counselors: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt continues to clean house at a key advisory committee, signaling plans to drop several dozen current members of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC), according to an email yesterday from a senior... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at Environmental Economics
What the hell does Jerry Hausman have against Sousa? From The History of Political Economy article on Exxon's approach to criticizing contingent valuation,, mentioned in this very blog (a Top 100 Economics Blog) yesterday: "Some years after the [Cambridge symposium on Contingent Valuation], [Contingent Valuation critic and all around good... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at Environmental Economics
HT to Spencer Banzhaf for pointing us to this article that points out that Exxon was less than objective in their attacks on contingent valuation in the wake of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. I wonder if the same can be said for BP after the Deepwater Horizon? Indeed, I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Environmental Economics
I did marginally better (4).
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*As close as I could come to translating 'Make America Great Again.' Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Brent Sohngen, (Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics at Ohio State University, climate economics expert, member of the Nobel Prize winning IPCC writing team, fairly conservative academic, and rapidly developing departmental curmudgeon) submitted the letter below to the Columbus Dispatch (we don't know yet if they will publish it, but... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Environmental Economics
From NPR's fact check of President Trump's Paris Climate Agreement withdrawal speech: President Trump has repeatedly called the Paris accord a "bad deal" for the U.S. and said it will hurt the economy. One big outlay is the Green Climate Fund set up under the deal. President Barack Obama had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Law of Demand: Prices go down, quantity consumed goes up (and vice-versa) if nothing else changes. Caveat: In the real world, everything changes. So we either need statistical methods to isolate the price effect, or we need to rely on the preponderance of evidence to anecdotally verify the law of... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Environmental Economics
...we're both college professors, and we both hate snakes: Get ready to update your nightmares. A scientist from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville has discovered that a species of snake, the Cuban boa, hunts in groups, and through teamwork improve their chances of catching prey. It's the first time that... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Professor Emeritus at Harvard, and former chief economist at the World Bank, former Director of the National Economic Council, and former Secretary of the Treasury, Larry Summers says he might fail the Trump budget team in introductory econ: Details of President Trump’s first budget have now been released. Much can... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Environmental Economics
...and here's the graphical version (from FiveThirtyEight) of the Washington Post story on the proposed budgetary demise of environmental protection: Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Environmental Economics
I guess the last line is the bright side? Candidate Donald Trump vowed to get rid of the Environmental Protection Agency “in almost every form,” leaving only “little tidbits” intact. President Trump is making good on his promise to take a sledgehammer to the agency. When the White House releases... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Environmental Economics