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...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 3 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 6 days ago at Environmental Economics
The Center for American Progress says China is kicking the U.S. a$$ in the great coal race: The result is a report — authored by Melanie Hart, Luke Bassett, and Blaine Johnson — that offers the clearest picture yet of the big picture on coal in China. And a closer... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Environmental Economics
Landry as Trudeau singing Rush channeling Adam Smith? "Begin the day With a friendly voice A companion, unobtrusive Plays that song that's so elusive And the magic music makes your morning mood"
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I appreciate your kindness to a young and stupid assistant professor.
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Where I am today. At lunch, this was overheard (paraphrased): Whether it's Whitehead et al, or Haab et al, you guys are cited all the time. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Environmental Economics
I need better (and more) friends.
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Hmmmm...when I click on the EPA Climate Change page, I get this: That's peculiar. I'm looking forward to the updates. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Why do I always pick the side that doesn't want to invest money?
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In my best Thomas Dolby voice: SCIENCE! ...According to a paper published in the journal Science on Thursday, Americans are willing to pay $17.2 billion to prevent another BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Thanks to a team of scientists who conducted a six-year study into the effects of the 134-million-gallon... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at Environmental Economics
The simple minimum wage example in a principles of microeconomics goes something like this: If the minimum price of labor (wage) is set above the existing equilibrium wage in the market for labor, the result will be a decrease in the quantity demanded for labor (hiring), and an increase in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Blatant self-promotion alert. Just a reminder to read John and my article: What do Environmental and Resource Economists Think? in the Review of Environmental Economics and Policy. Right now we're #4 on the Most Read list, but we're not happy until we're #1. And why wouldn't we be with profound... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Environmental Economics
I imagine a Trump family meeting goes something like this*: Donald: "OK kids, what can we do to make your lives better?" Baron: "Gee Dad, I wouldn't mind being able to leave my shoes all over the foyer when I walk in the door." Tiffany: "I hate cleaning up after... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Environmental Economics
New York just passed free college tuition--equating college education today to high school of the past: "Today, college is what high school was -- it should always be an option even if you can't afford it," Governor Cuomo said in a statement. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Environmental Economics
While sitting at home recovering from my recent neck surgery I had plenty of time to watch the NCAA Basketball Tournament (AKA March Madness, AKA Crap Shoot). To occupy some of my time I entered some of the big (free, non-gambling, for entertainment purposes only) online bracket challenges. The ESPN... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Environmental Economics
I know this isn't environmental, but it's policy related, and I find the health insurance policy debate interesting, and I think market-based policy can go a long way toward solving environmental issues and health care, and just because it's not environmental hasn't stopped us from posting about it before, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Am I the only one who hears Roger Daltry singing at the end of that quote?
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I'm not sure why we haven't thought of this before, but we need a category for just plain odd statements from politicians/policy makers. Thankfully, George W. Bush** has given us the perfect title for the category: Former President George W. Bush reportedly thought President Trump's inauguration speech "was some weird... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at Environmental Economics
Ah, you've adopted the Haab model of meeting attendance?
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Now things are really getting fun: In an extraordinary speech the EU Commission president said he would push for Ohio and Texas to split from the rest of America if the Republican president does not change his tune and become more supportive of the EU. The remarks are diplomatic dynamite... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Environmental Economics
From the front page of the Columbus Dispatch: As President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday easing environmental regulations, he said to coal miners standing nearby: "You know what it says, right? You're going back to work. But it's not quite that simple. The announcement could have mixed effects... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Environmental Economics