In case you were wondering, I joined the Ohio State faculty in 2000*

Environmental Economics

I was recently made aware of a 2012 article in Ecological Economics listing the "Most influential institutions in the field of environmental and ecological economics (2000–2009)."  "  Here they are: 1. University of Maryland. Resources for the Future. University of East Anglia. World Bank. National Chung Hsing University. Taiwan. Vrije University Amsterdam. Netherlands. Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Indonesia.

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Economics: The Infallible Science

Environmental Economics

April 2012, another from December 2000. I'm thinking 'we' (in the collective, not me and John*) should start a new blog titled "Virtually Infallible," and post reader-submitted erratum on peer-revied economics journals. 

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"Crazy Climate Economics"

Environmental Economics

Paul Krugman: What do I mean by crazy climate economics? The transformation of Republication environmental policy from 2000 ("conservative") to 2014 ("scorched earth") has been mind-blowing First, we’ll see any effort to limit pollution denounced as a tyrannical act. Pollution wasn’t always a deeply partisan issue: Economists in the George W.

CCA: "Economic studies make convincing case for reallocation"

Environmental Economics

The best available economic science clearly supports increasing the recreational allocation. CCA supplied the summary of economic data to Gulf Council members and NOAA staff in a letter to Council Chairman Robert Gill.

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Comments on “Economic Analysis for the Proposed Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’—Recodification of Pre-Existing Rules”

Environmental Economics

The EPA and Army (2017) now state that the “largest and most uncertain estimates from the[ir] 2015 CWR … [economic analysis] are associated with the benefits of the CWA 404 program.” We have identified several additional valuation studies published since 2000. These studies suggest that the wetland mitigation benefits estimated by the agencies in their original economic analysis (EPA-Army 2015) were accurately measured.

My fear is that now that this is underway, any attempts to re-establish objectivity in benefit-cost analysis will be viewed as founded in political gamesmanship rather than objective economic analysis.

Environmental Economics

As part of the WOTUS rulemaking, Obama’s EPA released its  required economic analysis  and found that the anticipated benefits of about $450 million per year would exceed the annual compliance costs of nearly $300 million. All of the studies were conducted between 1986 and 2000, and while there are well-established techniques to update the results of such studies, none were used, nor did there appear to be any effort to search for more recent studies.

2018 136

We Need New Economics for a New Era of History

The Green Changemakers

From a talk given at the Schumacher Center for New Economics , Great Barrington, MA, on July 27, 2014. L et me tell you about my career in economics. The term was coined in 2000 by chemist Paul Crutzen from the Greek root for human, anthropos, and it means the Current Human Age.

How Much Do Wetlands Reduce Property Damage During Storms and Hurricanes?

Nature Conservancy - Science

To value the risk reduction benefits of coastal wetlands we need to estimate two related aspects of flood risk: 1) the physical effect of wetlands in reducing flooding and, 2) their economic effect in reducing property damages.

Yikes: "Environmental Substance Abuse"

Environmental Economics

Got a question about environmental economics? Recent Comments John Whitehead on What I did today instead of blogging Rene Salinas on What I did today instead of blogging Timtaylor Home on My name is Kingof Socks Tim Haab on How is economics like Fight Club?

A Recreation Demand Model of the North Carolina For-Hire Fishery: A Comparison of Primary and Secondary Purpose Anglers

Environmental Economics

No 13-21,  Working Papers  from  Department of Economics, Appalachian State University. Abstract:  In this paper we measure the recreational economic benefits of the for-hire recreational fishery in the coastal region of North Carolina. John C.

AERE Workshops: 1985-2009

Environmental Economics

1988, Marine and Sport Fisheries: Economic Valuation and Management -- Seattle, Washington. 1994, Integrating the Environment and the Economy: Sustainable Development and Economic/Ecological Modeling -- Boulder, Colorado. 1997, Economic Analysis of Ecosystems -- Annapolis, Maryland.

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#RePEc, EconLit and predatory publishers

Environmental Economics

topnum= 2000;citems=on;bymin=10; mrange=No;fm=;lm=;seriestype= redif-article; cgifields= listall; cgifields=citems; cgifields=mrange;sortby=12d This peer-reviewed quarterly is indexed by EconLit, American Economic Association (AEA), EBSCO, ProQuest, RePEc, National Bibliography of Canada, ABDC, DOAJ, and so on.  Review of Economics & Finance is published by Better Advances Press which is on Beall's List. From the inbox: Dear Dr. John C.

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Perfect substitutes: Gulf of Mexico water quality and minor league baseball!

Environmental Economics

Biloxi’s population has declined 10% (to 45,000) since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the 2010 oil spill must have added to the economic destruction. But it is well known that stadium building is an effect, not a cause, of economic development — see Coates and Humphreys (2000) for example.

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Required reading for anyone thinking about going to graduate school

Environmental Economics

From the conclusions of a new paper in the Journal of Economic Perspectives *: If the objective of graduate training in top-ranked departments is to produce successful research economists, then these graduate programs are largely failing.

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"A Two-Way Street Between Academia and the Policy World"

Environmental Economics

  Rather, it is of a more personal nature, and stems from the fact that the second volume of my collected papers has just been published by Edward Elgar , Economics of Climate Change and Environmental Policy:  Selected Papers of Robert N. Stavins, 2000-2011 (2013), a successor to the first volume, published in 2000, Environmental Economics and Public Policy:  Selected Papers of Robert N.

2013 138

The benefits of environmental regulations cannot be simply willed away (and why I'm too slow to be an Ivy-Leaguer)

Environmental Economics

  By requiring cost-benefit analysis, Reagan’s Executive Order promised to reduce the cost of regulation by selecting only those regulations that promised to provide benefits in excess of costs, thus promoting environmental improvements without over-burdening economic growth after the lean economic times of the 1970’s.   These numbers remained largely unchanged when the survey was repeated in 2000

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Best Practices in Improving Living Environment

The Green Changemakers

Introduction Best Practice Briefs are summaries of selected practices from around the world designed to provide an overview of how cities, people and their communities are solving critical social, economic and environmental problems. These briefs, selected from more than 2000 practices and 160 countries illustrate how the Habitat Agenda , Agenda 21 and the Millennium Development Goals are being implemented.

2010 40

Development: Time to leave GDP behind

The Green Changemakers

Dethroning GDP When GDP was instituted seven decades ago, it was a relevant signpost of progress: increased economic activity was credited with providing employment, income and amenities to reduce social conflict and prevent another world war. Adjusted economic measures.

Fossil fuel expansion is a crime against humanity

Green Blog

Marc Lee who is the senior economist for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and chair of the Progressive Economics Forum writes in one of his latest articles that we should see fossil fuel expansion as a crime against humanity. I may be willing to give a grace period for actions take before 2000 or so, on the grounds that we did not know better (though we actually did).

New working paper*

Environmental Economics

  Here is the abstract: In this paper we measure the recreational economic benefits of the for-hire recreational fishery in the coastal region of North Carolina. From the inbox: Thank you for your submission, A RECREATION DEMAND MODEL OF THE NORTH CAROLINA FOR-HIRE FISHERY.

2013 158

"Tiny Centre College in Kentucky lands $250M donation"

Environmental Economics

News about my alma mater : A tiny liberal arts school in rural Kentucky that hosted vice presidential debates in 2000 and 2012 announced a $250 million donation Tuesday, one of the largest single gifts in higher education history. Centre will use the money to set up scholarships for students majoring in science, economics and computer science. Some comments: I majored in economics at Centre College.

Another university cheating scandal

Environmental Economics

Nasar, a former economics reporter for The New York Times, won acclaim for A Beautiful Mind, a 1998 biography of John F. Nasar has taught since 2000 at Columbia, which declined to comment on the dispute. This time it was (allegedly) for $923k:  Sylvia Nasar, a longtime journalism professor and prize-winning author, says the university underpaid her from an endowment fund dedicated to provide her with compensation.

2013 125

B.C. to be Energy Self-Sufficient

Eco Friendly Daily

By the year 2025, the Province of British Columbia could create enough energy to be completely energy self-sufficient while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions to before year 2000 levels.

FOR HUNGER-PROOF CITIES Sustainable Urban Food Systems

The Green Changemakers

Book(s) 162 of 251 Document(s) Acknowledgments Mustafa Koc 2000 Introduction: Food Security Is a Global Concern Mustafa Koc, Rod MacRae, Luc J.A. Mougeot 2000 Urban Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa Daniel Maxwell 2000 Combining Social Justice and Sustainability for Food Security Elaine M.

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"The Withering of Wind Power"

Environmental Economics

He doesn't believe that the industry will ever be capable of economically sustaining itself. From 2000 through 2012, what we find is that wind energy delivered anywhere from 18% to 29% of its installed capacity, demonstrating a considerable degree of unreliability for utility consumers compared to other methods of generating power. Ironman: We learned something really surprising about the wind energy industry from President Obama's FY2015 budget proposal.

More on the Tol correction*

Environmental Economics

I'm still upset that Google got rid of Google Reader): Adam Marcus reports that an influential paper from 2009 on the economic effects of climate change was recently revised because of errors and omissions in the data. According to the paper’s author, Richard Tol: Gremlins intervened in the preparation of my paper “The Economic Effects of Climate Change”.

2014 125

Eco2 Cities

The Green Changemakers

Brisbane, Australia – Since 2000, Brisbane has experienced increased electricity consumption and annual growth in peak electricity loads. Tags: Sustainable-development Ebook Urban Economics Green

2010 52

Jordan’s Environmentalists Seek Seat at Government Table

Green Prophet

Jordan’s activists have officially petitioned to re-establish the country’s “green party” , according to human rights activist Ghandi Abu Sharar, who was also a founding member of the original Green Party of Jordan created in 2000.

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The Olduvai theory and catastrophic consequences

The Green Changemakers

Ted Trainer (1997) predicted large and permanent increases in oil prices after the year 2000 due to increasing scarcity. In the slightly longer term we have been warned of an economically lethal price of $380 (Porter, 2005). Tags: Future Energy Economics

2008 52

Lesson learned: don't conduct a sting of fake conferences and fake journals

Environmental Economics

Mr. Vander Putten served six years as head of the university’s own review board, from 2000 to 2006.   So, what if I write a goofy paper with made up data and send it to an environmental economics journal on Beall's list, it gets accepted and published and then I expose the sting? No matter how tempting it might be: Jim Vander Putten suspected that some education conferences accepted any study pitched by someone willing to pay a registration fee.

2016 153

NAAFE special session on non-market valuation: moderated discussion

Environmental Economics

The economic value of marine recreational fishing in the Southeast United States: 1997 Southeast economic data analysis. Louviere, A Common Nomenclature for Stated Preference Elicitation Approaches, Environmental and Resource Economics 49(4):539-559, 2011. Thoughts on Hausman’s “Dubious to Hopeless” Critique of Contingent Valuation, Working Papers from Department of Economics, Appalachian State University. Journal of Economic Surveys 15:435–462.

2013 155

Don't ever let your wife meet your girlfriend

Environmental Economics

  I like sports, my wife likes sports, I encourage my kids to play and follow sports, sports are a nice diversion from thinking about things that hurt my head all day long, like the environment and economics and administrative stuff.    When I moved to Ohio, and started working at Ohio State in 2000, I felt a little icky starting to follow Ohio State sports.  As you know, I'm a big sports fan. 

2012 122

Earth is in the midst of its 6th mass extinction – wake up call, folks

Green Prophet

He predicted back in 1968 that by the year 2000, more than 4 billion people will have died from mass starvation; including 65 million Americans. Earlier, Ehrlich predicited that countries like England would not exist by the year 2000, due to man-caused ecological calamaties.

EPA's VSL estimates

Environmental Economics

co-benefits reflect EPA’s current interpretation of the economic literature on mortality valuation to use the value-of-a statistical life (VSL) based on meta-analysis of 26 studies. Therefore, the Agency has decided to apply the VSL that was vetted and endorsed by the SAB in the Guidelines for Preparing Economic Analyses (U.S. EPA, 2000) 10 while the Agency continues its efforts to update its guidance on this issue. million (2000$).

2011 116

Bottled Water Uses Much More Energy Than Tap

Green Earth Journey

via GizMag.com March 1, 2009 New research from the Pacific Institute estimates that bottled water is up to 2000 times more energy-intensive than tap water. and 10.2MJ per liter—as much as 2000 times the energy cost of producing tap water.

Note to self

Environmental Economics

I'm running the Anderson and Stafford (SEJ, 2000) pollution permit trading game in my MBA class (managerial economics) tonight. Here are my discussion questions (taken from the 2000 paper): What is the effect of regulation (output restrictions, pollution permits) on profits? Is this bad for the economy? What is the effect of permit trading on profits, relative to regulation? If you bought a permit, why? Use this information to draw the permit demand curve.

2011 116

Greater Rheas: Germany’s new Big Bird

10,000 Birds

And since the year 2000, we have an even greater bird, the… Greater Rhea ! However, one escape near Lübeck was different, indicated by the large red conglomeration, and it happened way back late in the year 2000: The birds broke free from a private enclosure again, but this time the escape involved not one but seven birds, three males and four females. They have a negative economic impact through damaging crops, but this is likely off-set by them being a tourist attraction.

UN Report Projects Natural Resources Use To Be 140 Billion Tons By 2050

Eco Friendly Daily

In the year 2000, the number was 50 billion tons per year. This doubled by 2000, with the average per person usage between 8 and 10 tons yearly. However, overall natural resources use between 1900 and 2000 increased eight times overall globally, largely due to population increases and increase development in nations such as China and India. Director of the UN Environmental Program, Achim Steiner, noted the need to separate economic growth and environmental stress.

2000 46

Peak Driving in Oregon

Sightline Daily

What’s more, for the first time in the history of America’s love affair with the automobile, the driving levels nationally aren’t tracking economic growth. But they also suggest that traffic flattened out sometime around 1999 or 2000.

The Journal Writer by Nina Munteanu Now Out

The Alien Next Door

Normal. false. false. false. EN-US. X-NONE. The second book in my Alien Guidebook Series The Journal Writer: Finding Your Voice was released in March 25, 2013 by Pixl Press. (an

It Isn’t Just a Playground Anymore

Green Home Blog

As a result of the recent economic downturn – which one financial guru has dubbed “The Great Recession” – everything is down: jobs, GDP, exports, wages and home values. It Isn’t Just a Playground Anymore.

2012 142

"Perils of Climate Change Could Swamp Coastal Real Estate"

Environmental Economics

Some analysts say the economic impact of a collapse in the waterfront property market could surpass that of the bursting dot-com and real estate bubbles of 2000 and 2008. The big data consulting firms seem to be out ahead of the academic researchers: Real estate agents looking to sell coastal properties usually focus on one thing: how close the home is to the water’s edge. But buyers are increasingly asking instead how far back it is from the waterline.

Getting the worm

Environmental Economics

Here is how the EPA describes the value of statistical life (er, willingness to pay for risk reductions) on page 82: The appropriate economic value for a change in a health effect depends on whether the health effect is viewed ex ante (before the effect has occurred) or ex post (after the effect has occurred). The appropriate economic measure is therefore ex ante Willingness to Pay (WTP) for changes in risk. million (2000$) 25.

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