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A complex story in the Guardian about California Almond production, water, drough and government regulation provides great fodder for an introductory microeconomics class (oh, and it provides good coverage for our favorite Aguanomist, David Zetland): Touted as the ultimate superfood and an essential ingredient in everything from mezze to marzipan:... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Environmental Economics
From the inbox: Dear Dear Author, We shortlisted you after reading your thoughtfull research work: "Research Article" Impact Factor 3.274 Our journal International Journal Management Sciences and Business research ISSN-2226-8235)with good reputation and published by USA and UK PHD Doctors Collaboration and referred from them, which focused on business, management,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Environmental Economics
A federal judge has ruled that BP's reckless conduct resulted in the nation's worst offshore oil spill, leaving the company open to billions of dollars in penalties. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's ruling Thursday could nearly quadruple the amount of civil penalties for polluting the Gulf of Mexico with oil... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 4, 2014 at Environmental Economics
You missed the obvious tie-in to rational economic behavior: "Indiana University used to do it, but stopped because of a software change. Dartmouth College and Cornell University include median grades on transcripts. Cornell used to publish the information online, but quit in 2011 after a study revealed that enrollment spiked in classes with a median grade of A."
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Discussants from Massachusetts, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Florida?
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With the start of the autumn 2014 semester, the university adds a new housing learning community focused on sustainability to its diverse living options for new and returning students. The university offers its students more than a dozen learning communities, which are comprised of groups of students who live together... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 26, 2014 at Environmental Economics
Following rapid warming in the late 20th century, this century has so far seen surprisingly little increase in the average temperature at the Earth’s surface. At first this was a blip, then a trend, then a puzzle for the climate science community. More than a dozen theories have now been... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 22, 2014 at Environmental Economics
I posted this to my daughter on Facebook earlier today. John seemed to think it was blog-worthy. So here you go: As we move our oldest into her dorm today, I thought I would give her (and maybe all of the others starting college this week) one last Dad lecture.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Environmental Economics
That's a baseball coach's tan line. Haven't golfed in over a year.
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Congratulations on your amazing feats of patience and stamina.
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2014 on Milestones at Environmental Economics
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Warning: Rant Ahead Last night, John challenged me to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Here's the video of me accepting the challenge: The ALS Challenge has two purposes: 1) Raise awareness about ALS and 2) Raise money for ALS research. And as Will Oremus at says, the challenge... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 18, 2014 at Environmental Economics
The Chronicle of Higher Education has just put out its 2014 Almanac of Higher Education. Lots of interesting data to be used and misused. Here's a figure I found particularly interesting: The national trend in state versus student dollars spend on higher education (per student). I particularly note the upper... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Environmental Economics
"I want to ask you whether there is a way to control for incentive incompatibility and starting point bias. If it is available, could you please point me to the guidance material?" Only offer 1 bid.
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2014 on Two cromulent problems at Environmental Economics
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I lived in G'ville from 1995-2000. I remember Bertha (1996),Fran (1996), Bonnie (1998), Dennis and Floyd (both 1999). The triple whammy of Dennis (twice) and Floyd was definitely the worst.
Toggle Commented Aug 14, 2014 on Tim says Floyd at Environmental Economics
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My parents called last night and said they got a little rain yesterday. Here's the 24 hour cumulative rainfall estimates. *Someone will get the dual meaning. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Environmental Economics
Marine debris has many impacts on the ocean, wildlife, and coastal communities. A NOAA Marine Debris Program economic study released today shows that it can also have considerable economic costs to residents who use their local beaches. The study found that Orange County, California residents lose millions of dollars each... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 12, 2014 at Environmental Economics
You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. Robin Williams via *Thoreau as quoted by Robin Williams as John Keating in Dead Poets Society Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 12, 2014 at Environmental Economics
Many organisations rely on prosocial behaviours – choices that benefit others but have a personal cost – to achieve their objectives. For instance, foundations rely on charitable contributions for funding, governments partly rely on voluntary compliance for tax revenue, and employers rely on voluntary referrals for hiring. Because such prosocial... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 11, 2014 at Environmental Economics
Wittenberg University Softball Head Coach Laura Matthews has announced that seven student-athletes will join the Tiger program in August 2014. The new recruits join a team that finished 23-11 overall and 11-5 in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) in 2014. The Tigers finished second in the league’s 2014 regular... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 11, 2014 at Environmental Economics
Medical marijuana smokers in San Diego say the city has forced their pot shops to locate in remote areas and that means the drives to and from will increase air pollution — and ultimately, harm their lungs. The Union of Medical Marijuana Patients has filed a lawsuit, saying the city... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 8, 2014 at Environmental Economics
I’m lazy, I put in no effort, I don’t care about my job, but Walmart should pay me more money anyway via It's a bit of a long read, but this response is a great example of thinking like an economist. HT: Linda Ghent (via Facebook) Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 7, 2014 at Environmental Economics
People eating at a Stillwater restaurant Tuesday noticed a new fee added to their bill. Owners of the Oasis Cafe are charging a 35 cent minimum wage fee. They say it’s to offset the cost of an increased minimum wage for tipped employees. Customers have mixed reviews about the new... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 7, 2014 at Environmental Economics
I know this isn't exactly environmental, but a couple of side interests of mine have been 1) the ability of health fads and information conveyance (or misinformation) to affect behavior, and 2) using science for mythbusting. Here's a case where anomalous scientific findings--gluten causes intestinal issues in some non-celiac patients--helped... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 7, 2014 at Environmental Economics
Had a conference call this morning...we're on it.
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2014 on Holy Toledo, Batman!* at Environmental Economics
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"One goal is preventing the pollution caused by peeing in water — keeping pee out of the waterways and protecting water quality," says Noe-Hays. "And we can also make agriculture more sustainable and resilient by returning these nutrients to the soil. Urine is an inherently local and renewable source of... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 4, 2014 at Environmental Economics