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John Whitehead
Boone, NC
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From the WSJ Microeconomics Weekly Review: World’s Priciest Precious Metal Surges Amid Emissions Clampdown By Joe Wallace | January 23, 2020 Summary: Because of limited supplies and rising demand, the price of rhodium, a metal used to strip pollutants from automobile exhaust fumes, has surged in 2020. Rhodium is a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2020 at Environmental Economics
Over half say driving cars and burning fossils fuels are major contributors (link). This is In spite of everything [*]: Americans remain shaky on the details of climate science even as they have grown increasingly concerned about human activity warming the Earth, according to a national poll by The Washington... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2019 at Environmental Economics
Why not? Monetizing Bowser: A Contingent Valuation of the Statistical Value of Dog Life Deven Carlson, Simon Haeder, Hank Jenkins-Smith, Joseph Ripberger Abstract Households in the USA spend about $70 billion annually on pets. Dogs, the most common pet, can be found in nearly half of American households. An important... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2019 at Environmental Economics
From the Stand-up Economist email: Details on upcoming shows: See my web calendar for all the details, but FYI the San Diego show in January is the 12th Annual American Economic Association Humor Session at the ASSA conference, where I'll also be a discussant on a (serious) paper at an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2019 at Environmental Economics
Greg Mankiw (former chair of the Council of Economic Advisors): I just came back from city hall, where I switched my voter registration from Republican to unenrolled (aka independent). Two reasons: First, the Republican Party has largely become the Party of Trump. Too many Republicans in Congress are willing, in... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 28, 2019 at Environmental Economics
I'm looking forward to hearing who gets hired for this job: Nature, the international weekly journal of science, seeks to appoint an editor specializing in Environmental/Energy Economics to further our aim to publish the world’s best original research linking social sciences – including economics – to the physical and biological... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 23, 2019 at Environmental Economics
Here is a comment I received on a referendum repeated contingent valuation (aka, discrete choice experiment) survey: I seriously dont think this is a realistic way to make decisions regarding such a complex situation. I hope my answers arent used to help anyone. I truly breezed through and became bored... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2019 at Environmental Economics
I'm shouting because the journal is shouting: Marine Resource Economics is now accepting submissions for a new section of the journal titled Case Studies, which is intended to provide an outlet for rigorous, theoretically grounded analyses of the governance of individual fisheries and/or aquaculture systems. The new section will be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2019 at Environmental Economics
An ERS updata (USDA expects ‘significant delays’ in economic research reports): Mass attrition at the Economic Research Service as a result of USDA’s decision to move the agency out of Washington will lead to “significant delays” in vital research reports, according to an internal document provided to POLITICO. The memo,... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 25, 2019 at Environmental Economics
From the WSJ Micro Weekly Review (reviewed by Edward Scahill, University Of Scranton): Canada’s Oil Market Finds Outlet in U.S. Demand By Vipal Monga | September 12, 2019 Summary: An increase in the demand for dense crude oil from the U.S. and cuts in production ordered by its government has... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2019 at Environmental Economics
Here is an example of two curves shifting (supply decrease, demand decrease): Fall typically brings lower gas demand, and the Energy Information Administration’s latest weekly report shows just that. For the week ending on September 13, demand dropped by 900,000 b/d from the previous week to 8.9 million b/d. Additionally,... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 19, 2019 at Environmental Economics
This might be the first good thing to be coming out of the EPA in quite some time. via Will Wheeler on twitter: EPA is soliciting comment on issues related to water quality trading ... (looks like the docket is not live, but that just means you have more... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at Environmental Economics
There are 70 papers in 14 regular sessions, 17 papers in 4 graduate student sessions and the (first ever) AERE keynote session. The keynote speaker is AERE immediate past president Laura Taylor. She will present "Reflections on the Credibility Revolution in Nonmarket Valuation". Here is the link to all of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at Environmental Economics
I did and I'm only mildly traumatized (how in the world did this get past the IRB???): Stanford, CA — How valuable are the things that money cannot buy? Dr. Tim Kane, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, is running a week-long research survey to find out. This survey,... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 3, 2019 at Environmental Economics
From the inbox: I am [name] from [name] Publishing. Would you be interested in publishing your work "Corrigendum: A revealed preference approach to valuing non-market recreational fishing losses from the Deepwater Horizon spill" as a paperback edition? At [name]Publishing, we have worked with more than 250,000 authors, offering them international,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2019 at Environmental Economics
Gernot Wagner: Weitzman the scholar will be remembered for many towering intellectual achievements. Marty the teacher, colleague, and friend will live on in our hearts, as generous with his time and devoted to making life better for all. Marty Weitzman the person would have loved nothing more than for his... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 29, 2019 at Environmental Economics
Here is his Wikipedia page: And here is Rob Stavins on twitter: It is painful for me to convey the sad news that my Harvard colleague, mentor, and friend, Marty Weitzman, died unexpectedly yesterday. Many tributes will be forthcoming, but as a memory for now, here is a related... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2019 at Environmental Economics
From the inbox (Data is Plural 2019.08.28 edition): Citations and self-citations. A team led by meta-research pioneer John Ioannidis has developed a dataset of citation metrics for science’s 100,000 most-cited authors. The dataset includes each author’s name, institutional affiliation, number of publications, total citations, “h-index,” and more. For each citation... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2019 at Environmental Economics
Something good is coming out of the trade war (if you think lower gas prices that might lead to more driving is a good thing): At $2.59, the national gas price average is poised to be potentially the cheapest Labor Day weekend average in three years. Today’s average is already... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 26, 2019 at Environmental Economics
The subtitle is "Fertilizer runoff is making us sick. States can step in to regulate farmers." It's interesting that we're hoping states, not the federal government, will do the dirty work of telling farmers that they are making people sick. Here is the end of the article: Differential treatment of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2019 at Environmental Economics
If history is any guide, the autonomous Danish territory is worth at least $1 billion. In 1946, the United States offered Denmark $100 million in gold to buy Greenland, according to documents in the US National Archives. That's equivalent to $1.3 billion today, taking inflation into account. via Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 21, 2019 at Environmental Economics
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" <> Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2019 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 Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 20, 2019 at Environmental Economics