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John Whitehead
Boone, NC
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From the AEA's "chart of the week": Last month, a major scientific report said that climate change could cost the American economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century. The report by 13 US federal agencies was a stark warning yet of how a changing climate... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Environmental Economics
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It's going to be a fun (i.e., not fun) two years for environmental economists (Kudlow calls for end to subsidies ...): White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Monday the Trump administration will seek to end subsidies for electric cars and renewable energy sources, according to reports. Kudlow... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at Environmental Economics
David Frum in The Atlantic re: Acid Rain and "the grand policy experiment": ... The Reagan administration resisted any rapid response to the problem. Congress had funded a 10-year study back in 1980—why rush to costly action until the study was complete? Taking action meant tangling with Robert Byrd, the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Here are the summary quotes: “NABE Outlook panelists continue to view the economy as having solid momentum entering 2019, but they foresee GDP growth cooling from 2.9% this year to 2.7% in 2019,” said NABE President Kevin Swift, CBE, chief economist, American Chemistry Council. “The panel expects the Federal Reserve... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at Environmental Economics
The Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy (CNREP) is announcing a call for abstracts and session proposals for CNREP 2019: Challenges of Natural Resource Economics & Policy, the 6th National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems. The conference is scheduled for May 19-21, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Here is a link from 2017 with some background: BP has funded a book critical of the CVM. In that post I boasted that my review would be forthcoming in 2018. That boast was a commitment mechanism. I don't know if it would have worked unless Marit Kragt had not... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Coral Davenport and Lisa Friedman at the NYTimes (The E.P.A.’s Review of Mercury Rules Could Remake Its Methods for Valuing Human Life and Health): Last week the Trump administration took a crucial step toward de-emphasizing the life and health benefits in this calculus when the Environmental Protection Agency said it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Alan Krupnick in toto (emphasis added): At a press briefing in mid-August, Bill Wehrum, the appointed head of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Air Office, reiterated the Trump administration’s position that ancillary benefits are not to be counted in cost-benefit analysis of major rules. The context this time was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Pollution and health have always been directly linked, both environmentally and medically, but few people consider the economic impact felt by countries afflicted with poor outdoor air quality. The World Health Organization estimates that the cost of disability and premature death from air pollution in Europe totalled close to $1.6... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Sonja Kolstoe at the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis "On Balance" blog: This was my first time attending a World Congress. As a non-market valuation economist specializing in revealed and stated preference methods, I enjoyed the opportunity to discuss these methods and network with others from around the globe. For me,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at Environmental Economics
From the inbox: Thank you! Your proof corrections for AJAR - AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS : 12280 : Contingent Valuation of Environmental Goods: A Comprehensive Critique, by Daniel McFadden and Kenneth Train (Eds.). Published by Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017, 319 pages, ISBN: 978-1-78643-468-5, AU$210 have been received. Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2018 at Environmental Economics
That is the title of my talk at the "Tips for Students and Newish Economists" panel at the AERE@SEA meetings. Note that I am defining consulting very broadly. Here is my preliminary outline: Goal Enhance your research, teaching, service Don't make it another activity: i.e., research, teaching, service & consulting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2018 at Environmental Economics
There are 17 sessions with 5 papers each (no discussants), 3 student sessions (with discussants, organized by Elaine Frey) and 1 panel discussion (the last session so attendance will be lower than our usual "tips" session): Tips for Students and Newish Economists Moderator: Elaine F. Frey, California State University, Long... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2018 at Environmental Economics
I'm teaching benefit-cost analysis this semester. The course is for upper level economics majors (ECO 4660) and non-economics graduate students (ECO 5660). I have 6 books on my shelf but none of them are satisfactory for a variety of reasons (mostly, the theory is too deep and the estimating benefits... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Alan J. Krupnick, Joshua Linn, and Virginia McConnell: In April, we wrote a blog post responding to the Trump administration’s announcement that it was preparing to weaken the fuel economy and greenhouse gas (GHG) standards hammered out in 2011 by the Obama administration. We argued then that although some things... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2018 at Environmental Economics
From the guest editors: Dear Colleagues, Coastal areas around the world are dynamic environments at the interface of terrestrial, marine, and freshwater systems. Nearly 40% of the world’s people already live in these areas, yet coastal zones are increasingly attractive for development and tourism, and are vulnerable to a variety... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at Environmental Economics
From The Hill: The House passed a nonbinding measure Thursday to denounce a carbon tax, calling it “detrimental” to the United States. The resolution, sponsored by House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), states that a tax on emissions of carbon dioxide — the most prevalent greenhouse gas that causes climate... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Valuing Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Control in Public Forests: Scope Effects with Attribute Non-Attendance Chris Giguere, Chris Moore and John C. Whitehead No 18-07, Working Papers from Department of Economics, Appalachian State University Abstract: Sensitivity to the scope of public good provision is an important indication of validity for the contingent... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Here is a summary of an analysis of part of the Trump Administration energy policy from a new RFF working paper by Daniel Shawhan and Paul Picciano: A leaked US government memo proposes preventing the scheduled retirement of coal and nuclear power plants for two years. Using a detailed simulation... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Gina McCarthy's keynote at the recent World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists has drawn rave reviews from twitter and the inbox. So, here it is in case you had to teach summer school to save money for your kid's college (like me): Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Rob Verchick ("a professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and president of the Center for Progressive Reform in Washington. He served as deputy associate administrator for policy at the Environmental Protection Agency) in the LATimes: As head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt has wriggled from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at Environmental Economics