"House conservatives' sweeping plan for Trump's first 100 days, explained"
JANUARY 10, 2017
To get a flavor for what’s in store, there is one line in the extensive document really worth reading. via www.vox.com. billion cost number.
"Why did Beall's List of potential predatory publishers go dark?"
JANUARY 18, 2017
The decision to take down the site — and Beall’s faculty page at the Auraria Library, where he remains a tenured associate professor — was his own, the University of Colorado Denver tells Retraction Watch. The site, scholarlyoa.com, which just earlier this month included a list of more than 1,000 such publishers, now contains no information.
The human/climate change connection: two approaches, same story
SEPTEMBER 13, 2016
What is the connection between humans and temperature changes over time? Click to enlarge
I just might know an expert in estimating the value of outdoor recreation
DECEMBER 14, 2016
You can see it in Joshua Tree’s crowded campgrounds or in Mount Tam’s trailhead parking lots; in the Appalachian Trail’s thru-hiking numbers or in REI’s record sales. Americans are heading outdoors in huge numbers and paying handsomely for the privilege. But how much, precisely? Maybe, just maybe
Climate policy after Paris?
NOVEMBER 10, 2016
So this happened a week ago today: Climate policy expert Billy Pizer will give a public lecture Thursday, November 3, at 5 p.m.
A social cost of carbon witch hunt in the Department of Energy
DECEMBER 9, 2016
Trump and his team have vowed to dismantle specific aspects of Obama’s climate policies. Chilling.
Economic transition is a difficult, but necessary conversation--especially for those affected
SEPTEMBER 8, 2016
As countries develop, economically and socially, the means of producing economic well-being shift. These shifts are often uncomfortable for those working tin the affected industries. In the U.S. This was a difficult transition for on-farm workers but the overall level of well-being in the U.S. increased.
"Even top economists publish in predatory journals, study finds" #RePEc
OCTOBER 27, 2016
Retraction Watch: Top-ranking economists sometimes publish papers in open access journals deemed potentially “predatory,” according to a new analysis. According to the study, 27 of the most eminent economists (within the top 5% of their field) have published nearly 5% of their papers in predatory journals. Impact Factors? link].
"Considering John Krutilla and the Environmental Turn in Natural Resource Economics"
JULY 13, 2016
Spencer Banzhaf: John Krutilla, a pioneer in environmental economics, helped to shape the field as an expert at Resources for the Future (RFF) in the mid-twentieth century. Perhaps his greatest legacy is shifting the discussion from one of economics versus the environment to consider a new economics of the environment. In
Daily Demand and Supply: Who will pay for the wall if a 20% import tax is imposed?
JANUARY 27, 2017
On Wednesday, President Trump either did or didn't suggest that Mexico will pay for the construction of a border wall between the U.S. government.
In case you happen to be in Morogoro, Tanzania next week.
OCTOBER 4, 2016
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.
The American Statistical Association sets out six principles for proper use of P-values (And you won't believe #2 or #4)*
MARCH 7, 2016
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.
Explaining why economics majors rank near the top in salaries earned
MARCH 27, 2015
Stop arguing with me--it's a scientific fact that I am smarter
OCTOBER 6, 2015
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.
"How Coastal Cities Are Preparing For Climate Change"
APRIL 6, 2016
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
MAY 26, 2016
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.
Raise your hand if you want to work with me.
OCTOBER 12, 2015
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.
2015 Kenneth G. Elzinga Distinguished Teaching Award
MAY 12, 2016
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
Not seeing the forest for the trees?
SEPTEMBER 12, 2011
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?
A different kind of ash-hole problem: Does the distribution of costs matter to economists?
JANUARY 20, 2016
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
"Shattering Myths to Help the Climate"
AUGUST 3, 2014
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.
A Common Tragedy
FEBRUARY 4, 2013
even if the short-term effects are uncomfortable : An advisory council voted Wednesday to. That move, analysts. Scores of fishermen.
Seventh Annual Conference and Meeting | Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis
MARCH 19, 2015
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.
The U.S. job market continues to change
FEBRUARY 20, 2017
And there is not much anyone can do about it: Roughly 163,000 oil jobs were lost nationally from the 2014 peak, or about 30 percent of the total, while oil prices plummeted, at one point by as much as 70 percent. The job losses just in Texas, the most productive oil-producing state, totaled 98,000. million in September.
Top 14 economics journals
MARCH 21, 2014
According to Google Scholar Metrics
Why is this book so expensive?
MARCH 17, 2015
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?
I'm now looking forward to the spam inviting me to join
MAY 12, 2016
From Wikipedia : ResearchGate has been criticized for emailing unsolicited invitations to the coauthors of its users.
Oyster Reef Restoration: Is a benefit/cost ratio of 7.6 worth it according to Trumponomics?
FEBRUARY 17, 2017
WJZ out of Baltimore, Maryland has a cool time lapse video of the impact that Oysters can have on water clarity in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Here's the story : The Oyster Recovery Partnership in Maryland is trying to spread the word about the natural filtration powers of oysters. The tank on the left holds 20 mature oysters.
Austerity for electric cars
JUNE 10, 2013
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
Graphic of the Day: Yep
JANUARY 6, 2017
Add 'delayed effects on fish stocks' to the list of damages to be valued during oil spills
SEPTEMBER 10, 2015
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.
Wind farms: "In the end, the economics trump Trump"
JANUARY 24, 2017
I should add a question mark to the end of that post title. From the NY Times : Last fall, five turbines in the waters of Rhode Island — the country’s first offshore farm — began delivering power to the grid. European energy developers like Statoil and Dong Energy are making big investments to bring projects to American waters.
Picture of the day
MARCH 5, 2013
If you like this one there are more here. Hat tip: The Door
"What Trump misses about regulations"
FEBRUARY 7, 2017
Joe Aldy: President Trump jettisoned more than 30 years of bipartisan regulatory policy on January 30 when he issued an executive order on “ Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.” But Trump misses a crucial point about government regulations: They impose costs on society, but they also produce benefits. Bush, Clinton , George W.
Standing by 'An Economic View of the Environment'
FEBRUARY 6, 2017
From the inbox: An eerie coincidence or a scary reality? An Explanation and Apology. Posted on February 6, 2017, by Robert Stavins. But in October, 2016, as the U.S. I assume this is nothing more than a coincidence of timing, but it is a challenge nonetheless.
The TV in our new experimental lab is big
MAY 7, 2015
"The World’s Top Economists Want to Work for Amazon and Facebook"
JULY 20, 2016
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.
The arbitrary executive orders continue
JANUARY 30, 2017
I like the approach that is being taken to quote the president verbatim: President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday morning requiring that for every new federal regulation implemented, two must be rescinded. And that's what our country has been all about.”. So if there’s a new regulation, they have to knock out two.”.
Benefit-cost analysis should be used to determine whether regulations come or go
JANUARY 30, 2017
Back in November Cass Sustein considered the 2 for 1 regulation executive order ( emphasis added ): Donald Trump promises to impose, soon after his inauguration, a new requirement on federal agencies: If they want to issue a new regulation, they have to rescind two regulations that are now on the books. The conclusion?
My advice to the EPA Administrator? Use science.
JANUARY 26, 2017
I am an appointed member of the EPA Science Advisory Board Environmental Economics Advisory Committee. Use science. That's all.