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It looks like there is more cropland available for food production worldwide than we previously thought. A lot more…at lease according to the US Geological Survey: There’s more agricultural land in the world than previously thought, and India rather than the U.S. or China is now believed to have the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at Environmental Economics
hmmmm...that website doesn't seem to work. Odd.
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And then there's this... Citing the risk of conflicts of interest, the EPA administrator instituted a sweeping change to the agency’s core system of advisory panels on Tuesday, restricting membership to scientists who don’t receive EPA grants. In practice, the move represents “a major purge of independent scientists,” Terry F.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at Environmental Economics
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Test question*: Consider a class of 10 people taking a statistics test. The scores of those 10 people are: 50%, 52%, 55%, 55%, 60%, 65%, 75%, 75%, 95%, 100% A) What is the average test score? B) What is the median test score? C) How many people scored below the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Law of demand (for National Park visits): When prices rise, the number of visitors to National Parks will fall. We'll see: The National Park Service proposes more than doubling the entrance fees at 17 popular national parks, including Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone, to help pay for infrastructure improvements. Under... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Environmental Economics
I was an assistant professor at East Carolina University from 1995-2000. I have been on the faculty at Ohio State since 2000. In 2017, they are the #2 and #4 party schools in the country. Coincidence? Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Well, that's a real pick-me-up
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In our Env-Econ 101 series (to the left), we have a lengthy two part explanation (Part 1, Part 2) of the Hotelling rule for depletable natural resources which is basically summarized as: For a non-renewable, exhaustible resource with completely known stock, no discoveries possible, no alternatives, no recycling, private ownership... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at Environmental Economics
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CNN may have just inadvertently started WWIII. Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Environmental Economics
When the Super Bowl comes to town hotels increase prices for rooms. Bars increase prices for drinks. Restaurants increase prices for food. So why when the Super Bowl of hurricanes comes to town would we expect anything less? When they checked rates online as Hurricane Harvey was strengthening and about... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Environmental Economics
"If 99 doctors told you you had cancer, and one didn't, who would you believe?" Overheard while sitting in a waiting room this morning. Source was a Vietnam Veteran (he was wearing a hat that said so), talking to his wife about global warming (I have no idea why). Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Environmental Economics
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When s**t becomes real...a friend of a friend of a friend posted this to Facebook. Apparently the Department of Energy is enforcing language guidelines for funded projects: Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at Environmental Economics
A New York Times op ed discusses research on what Exxon knew about climate change and when. Guess what? They knew and didn't admit it publicly*. Anyone surprised? *Would you? Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Environmental Economics
That moment you realize the Chinese administration understands economics better than the U.S. administration... From the Steve Bannon interview story: "In reality, China and the United States' long term cooperation has brought about real benefits for both countries' peoples, any unbiased person will clearly see this fact," [Chinese Foreign Ministry... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Decorum: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Decorum
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Having just finished reading Hillbilly Elegy, I have an alternative plan. Tax every ton of coal burned at the marginal external cost and transfer the tax revenue to each family living in rural Appalachia at a rate of TR/N...or set aside the revenue for education, training and apprenticeship grants to retrain displaced coal miners, or...well...really any other proposal but this stupid f'ing nonsense Jim Justice is spouting.
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What happens when the people of China decide that butter is yummy? A sharp increase in global demand has caused the wholesale price of butter to nearly double in Europe. Consumers are paying more too: retail prices jumped nearly 20% in June over the previous year, according to data from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at Environmental Economics
An exclusive from The Guardian: Staff at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been told to avoid using the term climate change in their work, with the officials instructed to reference “weather extremes” instead. A series of emails obtained by the Guardian between staff at the Natural Resources Conservation... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Environmental Economics
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 Jul 25, 2017 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