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...at least according to the Web of Science Journal Citations Report for 2018. And yes, I'm telling you this because John and I now have a top 3 publication (and I think we deserve a raise dammit). Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at Environmental Economics
There seems to be a climate change pattern emerging...in the administration's response to questions about climate change. [USDA Secretary Sonny] Perdue told CNN's Vanessa Yurkevich in the interview released Tuesday that "we don't know" the cause of climate change, adding, "and obviously scientists -- many scientists believe that it's human... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at Environmental Economics
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Econ 101: Tariffs ARE taxes. That's all. Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at Environmental Economics
“I did say, ‘Well, the United States right now has among the cleanest climates there are based on all statistics.’ And it’s even getting better because I agree with that we want the best water, the cleanest water. It’s crystal clean, has to be crystal clean clear.” President Trump to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at Environmental Economics
Ladies and gentleman, an actual press release from the Department of Energy (with EMPHASIS ADDED): “Increasing export capacity from the Freeport LNG project is critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world by giving America’s allies a diverse and affordable source of clean energy. Further, more exports of U.S. LNG... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2019 at Environmental Economics
Ummm...this: "People are getting dumber. That's not a judgment; it's a global fact. In a host of leading nations, IQ scores have started to decline." Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2019 at Environmental Economics
The Guardian has indicated that it is changing its guidelines for writing about climate change: “We want to ensure that we are being scientifically precise, while also communicating clearly with readers on this very important issue,” said the editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner. “The phrase ‘climate change’, for example, sounds rather passive... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2019 at Environmental Economics
Today's entry in Abstract Monday is a little technical, but it's a problem I've been interested in for a long time, and it looks like my and John's former colleague, Ju-Chin Huang*, and co-author have found an improvement (if not solution). If I ever get around to writing a second... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2019 at Environmental Economics
Somehow seems appropriate (and ironic): "In principle the industrial protectionism and government-supported cartels and agricultural policies of the conservative groups are not different from the proposals for a more far-reaching direction of economic life sponsored by the socialists." F.A. Hayek, page 107 , Individualism and Economic Order, 1947 Hat Tip... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at Environmental Economics
Warning: NSFW (Unless you work at a University and part of your job is to watch stuff like this and post it on a blog). The highlights of this have been around all week, but most of the clips are just Bill Nye the Science Guy saying "motherf***ers. But this... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at Environmental Economics
"Are you REALLY the guy that wrote that book on nonmarket valuation?" Nameless graduate student, to me, at lunch today Context: I was honored to give the keynote address to open the International Society of Forest Resource Economics Annual Meeting, this morning (Proof here because I know most of you... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2019 at Environmental Economics
From Politico: “In USDA, we want good scientific discovery,” [USDA Secretary Sonny] Perdue said, when asked about the mandated research-disclosure language. “We want peer-based evidence there. We know that research, some has been found in the past to not have been adequately peer-reviewed in a way that created wrong information,... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at Environmental Economics
I picked this week's entry in Abstract Monday because: Estimating willingness to pay from discrete choice models is my thing, and It gives a very simple 'solution' to a problem that has plagued the literature, and I tried something similar to this a long time ago, but didn't do anything... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2019 at Environmental Economics
This is appalling! I'm aghast! I need a beer. Around this time last year, the Beer Institute (BI), a national trade association representing the American brewing industry, warned that President Donald Trump’s aluminum and steel tariffs would cost the beer industry $347 million annually and potentially lead to the loss... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2019 at Environmental Economics
CNN: The renewable energy sector is projected to generate more electricity than coal during the month of April, according to a recent report published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. That's never happened before. Technological change, government policies, and changing consumer preferences have all but guaranteed the... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2019 at Environmental Economics
This seems like a big deal... Indonesia is moving its capital city away from Jakarta, according to the country's planning minister. ... Jakarta is also one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world. Researchers say that large parts of the megacity could be entirely submerged by 2050. North Jakarta sunk... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2019 at Environmental Economics
A while back I tweeted: Econ-world: Anyone else wish econ journals would require abstracts be written like some medical journals? Just wondering. https://t.co/yEBdJb31cN — Tim Haab (@tim_env_econ) November 2, 2018 Even though I only got 3 likes on the Tweet (sad face emoji), I've been thinking about how I might... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2019 at Environmental Economics
Every 6 years or so (I'm rounding) gas prices rise, and the results are predictable: Price go up because of some supply shock, the news starts to cover it, people start to complain, politicians start to rumble about price gouging and restricting prices, supply increases, prices fall, and everyone calms... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at Environmental Economics
At our most basic, economists are trying to solve a complex allocation problem: Given a scarce amount of resources, how do we decide who gets what, when and how? In solving the allocation problem, most economists focus on allocations of society’s scarce resources that meet the social goal of maximizing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at Environmental Economics
When I mention what I do (come up with ways to estimate the value of environmental goods and services), I sometimes get a response like this: It really is irritating that some people need to use economic measures to value our environment. The reality is our environment, air, water, seas,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Consider: Earlier this year, President Trump proposed significant cuts to the USDA's Economic Research Service--50% cuts in fact: Funding for ERS would be slashed by 50 percent, to $45 million, in part by eliminating "low-priority research" that the administration said was already being done by the private sector or nonprofits.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at Environmental Economics
Brazen in its irony: As the nation plans new defenses against the more powerful storms and higher tides expected from climate change, one project stands out: an ambitious proposal to build a nearly 60-mile “spine” of concrete seawalls, earthen barriers, floating gates and steel levees on the Texas Gulf Coast.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2018 at Environmental Economics
On the enhance your research, teaching, service theme, many Universities have come to embrace consulting as a complementary activity to 'regular faculty duties' and have established policies. If curious, here's a link to TOSU's policy on faculty paid consulting: https://oaa.osu.edu/assets/files/documents/paidexternalconsulting.pdf
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2018 on "Consulting on the side" at Environmental Economics
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