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The human/climate change connection: two approaches, same story

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What is the connection between humans and temperature changes over time?  Click to enlarge

Climate policy after Paris?

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So this happened a week ago today: Climate policy expert Billy Pizer will give a public lecture Thursday, November 3, at 5 p.m.  

and we're off.

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Well, that didn't take long : It’s been reported that Trump had chosen Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute, to lead his Environmental Protection Agency transition team. Smith, Jr. Ebell directs and oversees all aspects of energy policy education and advocacy for CEI.

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Loose lips sink ships follow-up

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I didn't realize how bad this quote is playing among Democrats, environmentalists and others.    From Fuse Washington : However, recent comments by Bauman compelled us to publicly endorse the Alliance and voice our opposition to I-732. Where do we even begin? He has been working tirelessly to build support.

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The BP/Deepwater Horizon federal CVM study estimated damages of $17 billion

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Go to the Deepwater Horizon Response & Restoration website and click on: 5. Preassessment/Assessment. Other lines of investigation. Other materials. Obvious, right? You'll see a bunch of memos from the "Total Value Team" that can be pieced together to form a coherent report. Here is the bottom line

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The American Statistical Association sets out six principles for proper use of P-values (And you won't believe #2 or #4)*

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Via Retraction Watch: After reading too many papers that either are not reproducible or contain statistical errors (or both), the American Statistical Association (ASA) has been roused to action. Today the group released six principles for the use and interpretation of p values.   But the ASA says they are widely misused.

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Explaining why economics majors rank near the top in salaries earned

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Stop arguing with me--it's a scientific fact that I am smarter

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According to a collection of studies, drummers are super smart, due to a variety of factors relating to being in the rhythm section. The news comes courtesy of Polymic, who have compiled a series of reports from Oxford and Harvard universities to name a few. Time to take up some lessons. via 3tags.org.

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"How Coastal Cities Are Preparing For Climate Change"

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With zero chance of a carbon tax in the U.S. Manhattan, NY : Initiating 10-year plan to replace inhabited residences with vacant Emirati-owned condo developments. Nashville, TN : Making a concerted effort to keep their perimeter 435 miles from the nearest ocean. Seattle, WA : Space Needle jacked up 200 feet higher. Washington, D.C.

A presidential candidate that doesn't make me even a little uncomfortable

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Richard G. Newell named next president of RFF: Resources for the Future (RFF) today announced the appointment of Richard G. Newell of Duke University as its next president. He will succeed current RFF president and former US congressman Phil Sharp, who will retire at the end of June after 11 years at RFF’s helm.

2015 Kenneth G. Elzinga Distinguished Teaching Award

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Considering the past 6 years, environmental economists win it about 50% of the time : Dr. Leah Greden Mathews of the University of North Carolina Asheville. The winner was announced at the 2015 meeting of the Southern Economic Association in New Orleans, LA on Sunday, November 22, and was awarded a plaque and a cash award. Congrats

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Raise your hand if you want to work with me.

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The Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (my department) in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (my college) at The Ohio State University (my university) is hiring for four new faculty positions--and I am not ashamed of taking advantage of this blog to promote the positions. 

A different kind of ash-hole problem: Does the distribution of costs matter to economists?

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I've written in the past about the Emerald Ash Borer and the problems they cause in Ohio.    This post is about a different kind of ash, coal-ash, and the problems it causes in Ohio (and other states).    Coal-ash is a by-product of coals fired electricity production.    Get it? Just a thought

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Not seeing the forest for the trees?

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Nancy Folbre promotes the notion of green jobs at Economix and then gets down to business: The biggest gains from investments in new renewable-energy technologies are not easily captured in private transactions, because they produce environmental services that are largely unpriced. These are red herrings because cost of green jobs vs. what exactly?

"Shattering Myths to Help the Climate"

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Robert Frank: Why aren’t we demanding more forceful [climate] action? One reason may be the frequent incantation of a motley collection of myths, each one rooted in bad economics: Myth 1: The enormous uncertainty of climate science argues for a wait-and-see strategy. But uncertainty cuts two ways. Myth 3: A carbon tax would destroy jobs.

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Seventh Annual Conference and Meeting | Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

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Thursday, March 19, 3:45 – 5:15 Session 4. E.4: Non-Market Recreational Welfare Effects of Changes in the Diversity and Abundance of Species. Chair: Trudy Ann Cameron, University of Oregon. Poe*, Cornell University; Richard C. Ready, Pennsylvania State University / Montana State University; T. Bruce Lauber, N.A. Connelly, R.C Stedman and S.

A Common Tragedy

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even if the short-term effects are uncomfortable : An advisory council voted Wednesday to. That move, analysts. Scores of fishermen.

Top 14 economics journals

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According to Google Scholar Metrics

Why is this book so expensive?

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It is in paperback. There is a secondary market. There are a number of other good subsitutes. What am I missing? Is it the most awesome book ever?

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I'm now looking forward to the spam inviting me to join

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From Wikipedia : ResearchGate has been criticized for emailing unsolicited invitations to the coauthors of its users.

Austerity for electric cars

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In their place today are four blue signs memorializing the end Feb. 28 of an “EV charging station pilot project.”. These 146 cars sucked up 446.9

Add 'delayed effects on fish stocks' to the list of damages to be valued during oil spills

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The herring population crashed four years after the spill in Prince William Sound and pink salmon stocks also declined, but the link to the oil spill has remained controversial.

Quote of the day: ".we're in the sixth mass extinction."

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Here's the full quote: "This is definitely human impact, we're in the sixth mass extinction.

"The World’s Top Economists Want to Work for Amazon and Facebook"

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For their paper, Bailey and his co-authors had matched public records on 525,000 home sales to anonymized data for 1.4 million Facebook users. It was the first formal gathering of tech company economists, according to NABE Executive Director Tom Beers, and included numerous stars of the consumer Internet. via www.bloomberg.com.

In case you happen to be in Morogoro, Tanzania next week.

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IAGRI Workshop Announcement. Introduction to Valuation Methods and Willingness to Pay. Dates: October 12-13, 2016. Location: iAGRI building, Sokoine University of Agriculture campus. Presenter: Dr. Tim Haab, Professor and Chair, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio USA.

Picture of the day

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If you like this one there are more here. Hat tip: The Door

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The TV in our new experimental lab is big

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And the consulting firms will have a heyday

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Teaching environmental policy to MBAs with Veconlab

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App State has become quick to cancel classes with the buses won't run. When that happens we are asked to "winterize" our courses. RFF-DP-09-22, 2009.

"Estimating The Social Cost Of Carbon: Robert Pindyck’s Critique"

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Joel Darmstadter and Alan J. Krupnick at Common Resources : The U.S. government’s new consensus estimate of the social cost of carbon (SCC) —around $43 per ton CO2 from a 2020 baseline—has met with some approval in academic and other circles ( as we discussed yesterday ). Very little”. Hardly a condemnation of the SCC! via common-resources.org.

Take an econometrics course

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We just added an additional quantitative course to our majors. When students start complaining I'll point them here: The knock that liberal-arts graduates can have a tough time landing a first job is borne out by the data. In most cases, those skills increase salary prospects markedly, as well. via chronicle.com.  

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2016 Annual Conference | Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

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Call for papers: The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA) is now accepting abstracts for participation in our 2016 annual conference on Improving the Theory and Practice of Benefit-Cost Analysis. We define BCA broadly, including cost-effectiveness analysis, risk-benefit analysis, applied welfare economics, damage assessment and other methods.

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More on pricing water

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Meredith Fowlie: The use of moral suasion to encourage conservation is not unique to California. And it is easy to see why.

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Editorializing Europe's carbon market

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Like all such systems, Europe’s program caps the overall emissions that power plants, steel mills and other industries can put into atmosphere. 

Getting Crabs: A Tragedy of the Commons

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Maryland Blue Crabs are a classic example of a common pool resource.  Chance said watermen welcome those discussions.  

Another fracking fight

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Many Texans have long held the oil and gas industry as dear to their hearts as a prairie range full of feeding cattle. Now suddenly that love is being tested here in a local election, where a grass-roots campaign against gas producers has pushed the industry into a corner. No city in Texas has ever come close to passing such a measure.

The first review of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: An Encyclopedia

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From Booklist : Arguably, our adherence to the free-market model of economics has been among the major factors that have contributed to environmental deterioration. This is because environmental benefits are treated as public goods and are hence underpriced and undervalued. Muhammed Hassanali

What's wrong with climate change economics?

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Er, nothing? Joe Romm : Last week economist William Nordhaus slammed global warming deniers and explained that the cost of delaying action is $4 Trillion. Nordhaus’s piece proves that point. This question has been studied extensively. That highlighted sentence may strike some of you as a bit strange. That seems like a reasonable thing to say to me.

Some politicians only love benefit-cost analysis when the benefits are zero

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Remember when benefit-cost analysis was going to stop all those unnecessary regulations that saved lives ? John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) via thehill.com.

Study rules out stupidity as a cause of disbelief in climate science*

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And the Yale research published today reveals that if Americans knew more basic science and were more proficient in technical reasoning it would still result in a gap between public and scientific consensus. adults. "The aim of the study was to test two hypotheses," said Dan Kahan, Elizabeth K. via www.enn.com.

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