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Stated Preference Methods are useful tools aimed at assessing the social welfare impacts of public and private policies and play a key role in applied economic research. The workshop develops step by step stated preference models that are used for the economic assessment of policy initiatives. The course will follow... Continue reading
Reblogged 14 hours ago at Environmental Economics
I think we need a 'Papers I wish I had written' category: Nuance is revered in higher education. That’s especially true in sociology, where scholars spend their lives digging into the fine grain of human social behavior, often finding even finer grain underneath. Which is why it came as such... Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at Environmental Economics
Haters gonna hate. BTW #16 is J.T. Barrett. Likely starting QB in 2016 (if not 2015). Just sayin'.
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This summer’s Lake Erie algae bloom is almost certain to be the worst on record, warn the scientists who study the lake. via Here is what I said to a group of local environmental professionals about Lake Erie Harmful Algal Blooms last year: We’ve heard a lot today about... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 26, 2015 at Environmental Economics
Serious economists bore me. I prefer the funny ones.
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Hey, I was just quoting the professor. Any peurility is on the reader.
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Update on L.A.'s balls: The benefits are clear, Professor Pradhanang insists, as Los Angeles strives to retain as much water as possible amid the drought. Like other urban cities, such as New York, they also face a constant battle to keep wildlife off the clean water reservoirs, as their feces... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 20, 2015 at Environmental Economics
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2015 on xkcd: Code Quality at Environmental Economics
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Traffic fatalities are up 14% so far in 2015, according to new data from the nonprofit National Safety Council. There were more than 18,600 motor-vehicle deaths from January through June this year, compared to 16,400 deaths in the first six months of 2014. This year is now on pace to... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 17, 2015 at Environmental Economics
On Thursday I used 'blog-quality research to come up with a 'blog-park' figure for how much water might be saved by Los Angeles plan to use millions of ping pong balls to cover the local reservoir to prevent evaporation. Using rough numbers from swimming pool evaporation, I came up with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at Environmental Economics
Now that's some funny shit right there. Can I say that?
Toggle Commented Aug 14, 2015 on Barnyard epithet at Environmental Economics
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Facing a long-term water crisis, officials concerned with preserving a reservoir in Los Angeles hatched a plan: They would combat four years of drought with 96 million plastic balls. On Monday, Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles arrived at the 175-acre Los Angeles Reservoir to release the final installment of... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 13, 2015 at Environmental Economics
Are reviewers only revealed after the fact (i.e. they are included in the publication?) or are they revealed to the author? My expectation is that the former might work to incentivize reviewers to provide more reviews, but might increase the probability of a positive review as we like to see our name in print. If it is the former, then I would expect it to become much more difficult to find reviewers willing to provide any reviews.
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2015 on "Signed Peer Reviews" at Environmental Economics
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The Animas River is the cultural soul of this patch of southwestern Colorado, a sort of moving Main Street that hosts multiple floating parades a year and is typically bustling with rafters and kayakers. Schoolchildren study the river. Sweethearts marry on its banks. Its former name, given by Spaniards, is... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 11, 2015 at Environmental Economics
My wife wanted a picture of the rainbow over our house. This is it. Our house is the one in the middle. Behind the trees. Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Environmental Economics
Coincidental timing: I sat as a grad school representative on a dissertation defense in Education yesterday (service). In the dissertation the candidate wrote: "Black and Wiliam (1998a) found that the use of formative assessment increased student achievement with effect sizes between 0.4 and 0.7..." She repeated the statement in her presentation. I asked if she could explain what the effect size means to someone who doesn't know that literature (me). She, nor any of her committee members, could explain it any better than it was some sort of normalized measure of effect size and it was big enough to report. I asked if it was statistically significant and she said that didn't matter. While I agree that significance is misapplied and often overemphasized, I hope we haven't reached the point where it doesn't matter (and 'big enough' is the new standard).
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Hidden on hillsides in a remote part of western Vermont, a small number of venomous timber rattlesnakes slither among the rocks, but their isolation can't protect them from a mysterious fungus spreading across the eastern half of the country that threatens to wipe them out. In less than a decade,... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 10, 2015 at Environmental Economics
I've heard that wearing a tie to class helps teaching evaluations. I haven't tried it, but I've heard... Apparently my worst habit in class is I tell a lot of 'Dad' jokes. I think that's just another way of saying 'Dude, you're getting old.'
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2015 on My new profile picture at Environmental Economics
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Browsing through the streaming videos available on Amazon Prime last night, I came across a documentary series called "wetheeconomy." I'm probably slow to the party but the series features a series of short (5-10 minute) documentaries introducing basic economic topics like supply and demand, measuring GDP, what is money,... Of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Environmental Economics
Update: Responding to my post, John Whitehead writes, "The standard textbook treatment of a Pigouvian tax is agnostic on what happens to the revenue." He is right, of course. So let me clarify. I was trying to make a point not about textbook economics but about practical politics. Here are... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 7, 2015 at Environmental Economics
That's funny, I tend to agree with Matt on this one (not so much on his urban arguments, but his ag arguments). Shocking that you would agree with the Berkeley school and I the Chicago school. Just shocking (sarc).
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No-Longer-Way-Too-Early Top 25 1. Maryland Terrapins It's fitting, then, that this edition crown a new ... what's that, Maryland fans? You need a moment? Aw. That's OK. Go on. Let it all out. Can you blame them? It's been a strange few years. We are, after all, just four years... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 5, 2015 at Environmental Economics
From the inbox: Dear Tim, Keeping up with the research and scholarship of your fellow Ohio State University colleagues just got a whole lot easier! As a scholarly publisher at Environmental Economics | The Cromulent Economics Blog, abstracts of your content are now indexed in OCLC WorldCat and ProQuest Summon... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Environmental Economics
The surge in SUV sales is due in part to relatively low gasoline prices, which ended July at about $2.70 per gallon nationwide. via Gas and cars are complementary goods. When the price of one falls, the demand for the other increases. In this case, the price of gas... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 4, 2015 at Environmental Economics
Ohio and other states that rely heavily on coal for electricity will have to make major changes in how they power their homes and businesses over the next 15 years under President Barack Obama’s unprecedented plan to drastically curb greenhouse-gas emissions. Obama said on Monday that the average household would... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 4, 2015 at Environmental Economics