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John Whitehead
Boone, NC
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This is a good one for the beginning of the semester: “The desire of being believed, the desire of persuading, of leading, and directing other people, seems to be one of the strongest of all our natural desires.” -- Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments From: "Gretchen Rubin" <info@gretchenrubin.com> Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at Environmental Economics
“You get to a point where, if enough companies are with California, then what the Trump administration is doing is moot,” said Alan Krupnick, an economist with Resources for the Future, a nonpartisan energy and environment research organization. via www.nytimes.com Continue reading
Reblogged 13 hours ago at Environmental Economics
Abstract: Under President Donald Trump, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made significant changes to the way it conducts economic analyses of regulatory actions. Changes in the assumptions and methods used in regulatory impact analyses (RIAs) have produced fundamentally different conclusions about the economic benefits and costs of significant... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2019 at Environmental Economics
Summer gasoline market analysis from AAA: The national average dropped six cents on the week, following a consistent downward trend since Memorial Day. The decline is unusual for this time of year. Pump prices usually trickle higher during the summer months due to increased demand. However, the latest Energy Information... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2019 at Environmental Economics
Here is the propaganda from App State: "Respondents willing to pay for stormwater management and reduce negative effects from runoff"! Using the Boone Creek watershed that runs through Appalachian State University’s campus as a laboratory, an interdisciplinary research team at Appalachian has been studying impacts from stormwater runoff and how... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at Environmental Economics
Here is the description: The tools of environmental economics guide policymakers as they weigh development against nature, present against future, and certain benefits against uncertain consequences. The policies and research findings explained in this textbook are relevant to decisions made daily by individuals, firms, and governments. This textbook offers instructors... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at Environmental Economics
Assessing the Benefits & Costs of Environmental Policies that Improve Water Quality: A research training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Policy (OP)/National Center for Environmental Economics (NCEE), located at EPA Headquarters in Washington, DC. The participant will be involved with NCEE economists... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2019 at Environmental Economics
Kelsey Piper at Vox (This economics journal only publishes results that are no big deal): Start with the name: Series of Unsurprising Results in Economics (SURE). The journal publishes papers with findings that are, well, really boring — so boring that other journals rejected them just for being boring. Its... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2019 at Environmental Economics
Bamford et al. (2019), in the context of estimating the value of a statistical life (VSL), say (emphasis added): Concerns regarding responsiveness to scope in CV studies are not novel; indeed, instances of scope insensitivity are widespread within the literature (Ojea and Loureiro, 2011). However, investigations into the causes of... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2019 at Environmental Economics
The beatings will continue until morale improves (update): Economists in the Agriculture Department's research branch say the Trump administration is retaliating against them for publishing reports that shed negative light on White House policies, spurring an exodus that included six of them quitting the department on a single day in... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at Environmental Economics
From AAA (gas prices fluctuate moderately across the country): With the national gas price average at $2.89 – just a penny more expensive than last week – the majority of states are seeing moderate jumps and even declines at the pump. Twenty-seven states saw gas prices decrease or hold steady... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at Environmental Economics
They're worried about sea-level rise or something. From the HuffPost (Hawaii Lawmakers look to protect coast from climate change): Predicting Honolulu will start experiencing frequent flooding within the next 15 to 20 years, state lawmakers are trying to pass legislation that would spend millions for a coastline protection program aimed... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2019 at Environmental Economics
Abstract: This Editorial, written by a former United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator under President Barack Obama, is adapted from the author's keynote address on June 25, 2018 at the World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists in Gothenburg, Sweden. It reviews the important history of environmental economics and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2019 at Environmental Economics
From the WaPo (Trump’s washing-machine tariffs cost U.S. consumers $815,000 for every job created): President Trump has repeatedly sought to portray his tariffs on Chinese goods as a major windfall for the U.S. treasury that has extracted “billions of dollars” from China. But the reality is that tariffs are typically... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at Environmental Economics
Ha! Take that Scott Pruitt: The External Environmental Economics Advisory Committee (E-EEAC) is an independent organization dedicated to providing up-to-date, non-partisan advice on the state of economic science as it relates to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's programs. The E-EEAC was established following the dissolution in June 2018 of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at Environmental Economics
Frankly, I'm surprised we don't already have industry funding.
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Willingness Toupee David M. McEvoy, O. Ashton Morgan and John C, Whitehead No 19-01, Working Papers from Department of Economics, Appalachian State University Abstract: In this paper we tackle the hairy problem of male pattern baldness. We survey balding men and elicit their willingness to pay to move from their... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at Environmental Economics
Here is the email: Dear Colleague, I am writing to invite you to join me, 27 Nobel Laureate economists, 3 other former Chairs of the Federal Reserve and 15 former Chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers as a signatory of the Economists’ Statement that you will find below. Our... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2019 at Environmental Economics
"Appling Design Concepts to Increase the Impact of your Presentations" Jill L. Caviglia-Harris, Salisbury University "Adding Logic and Proof Concepts to Your Intro Courses" Christopher F. Dumas, University of North Carolina - Wilmington "Social Media but in a Way That's Kind of Useful" Sarah Andrea Jacobson, Williams College "Writing Grants... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2019 at Environmental Economics
The article says EIA data, let's hope they ground-truthed the black line before they released they preliminary estimates to the WaPo and WSJ.
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From the WaPo (U.S. greenhouse gas emissions spiked in 2018): U.S. carbon dioxide emissions rose an estimated 3.4 percent in 2018, according to new research — a jarring increase that comes as scientists say the world needs to be aggressively cutting its emissions to avoid the most devastating effects of climate... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2019 at Environmental Economics
WSJ (Saudis Plan New Export Cuts in Hopes of Lifting Oil to $80 a Barrel): Saudi Arabia is planning to cut crude exports to around 7.1 million barrels a day by the end of January in hopes of lifting oil prices above $80 a barrel, according to OPEC officials. The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2019 at Environmental Economics
Catherine Wolfram at the Energy Institute Blog: I’ve heard a lot about the Green New Deal since the midterm elections. And, it’s not just me – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshwoman Representative from the Bronx, posted this graph of the number of tweets on the phrase through mid-December. In honor of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2019 at Environmental Economics