Environmental Economics

There is no longer an Environmental Economics Advisory Committee at the EPA

Environmental Economics

From the inbox: Dear colleagues, I want to inform you of recent decisions regarding standing committees under the auspices of the Science Advisory Board (SAB).      On the recommendation of the SAB Staff Office, the SAB, unanimously agreed, at our 5/31/18 administrative meeting, to retire three of our current seven standing committees.

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Predicting Adaptation to Climate Change using Regional Heterogeneity in Mortality Effects of Temperature

Environmental Economics

  I am glad to have gotten an invitation from John to guest-blog here.    I am an Associate Professor of economics at the Andrew Young School at Georgia State University.

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Luxexcel adds 3D printed prescription lenses to Vuzix AR headsets

Environmental Economics

Ophthalmic lens manufacturer Luxexcel has teamed up with augmented reality (AR) headset and eyewear company Vuzix to produce a range of 3D printed prescription lenses. The prescription inserts are designed especially for the Vuzix Blade AR Smart Sunglasses, and will be launched at CES Las Vegas 2018. The development of smart ophthalmic lenses Unlike the standard […].

2018 218

Field research: measuring beach width for a random utility model

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2018 130

"Scott Pruitt is now waging a war on economics"

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Rob Verchick ("a professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and president of the Center for Progressive Reform in Washington.

2018 147

Thank you EU, I guess this means more cheap whiskey for me.oh, and there's an economic lesson in here too.

Environmental Economics

Don't take this as support for tariffs, my inner economist is strongly opposed to tariffs on economic efficiency grounds, but my inner hillbilly is slightly happy that an EU tariff on American whiskey is likely to lower U.S. whiskey prices (at least in the short run).    Life can't be all beer. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey prices will rise in the European Union (EU) due to the member countries’ new 25 percent tariff on imported U.S. whiskey. Brown-Forman Corp.

2018 140

TFW your paper appears in volume 9 issue 2 right after your colleague's & co-author's & MS student's paper

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2018 141

My new working paper

Environmental Economics

Valuing Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Control in Public Forests: Scope Effects with Attribute Non-Attendance Chris Giguere, Chris Moore and John C. Whitehead. No 18-07, Working Papers from Department of Economics, Appalachian State University.

2018 130

Here is my 13 minute video on how to conduct a revealed-stated preference travel cost method study

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2018 173

Wither coal (despite all attempts to the contrary)? What's next?

Environmental Economics

2017 208

"Environmental Policy and the Assault on Science" - Policy keynote lecture with Gina McCarthy, former administrator for the United States Environmental Protection Agency during the Obama presidency

Environmental Economics

Gina McCarthy's keynote at the recent World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists has drawn rave reviews from twitter and the inbox. So, here it is in case you had to teach summer school to save money for your kid's college (like me

2018 130

I took the "Peacock Hall Energy Challenge"!

Environmental Economics

2018 153

A short comment on a discrete choice experiment in the AER*

Environmental Economics

A cool new paper is the first (?) to use a discrete choice experiment in the AER: Mas, Alexandre, and Amanda Pallais. 2017. "Valuing "Valuing Alternative Work Arrangements." " American Economic Review, 107(12): 3722-59.

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Lobster tariffs

Environmental Economics

Put this one in our new " easy to win a trade war " category: Next month, China is expected to impose an additional 25 percent tariff on American lobster as the sparring over trade continues and Mr. Trump threatens to impose tariffs on as much as $450 billion worth of Chinese goods.

2018 130

Climate Change

Environmental Economics

Last week ( or at least that's when it was covered in the popular press ), climate scientist Ed Hawkins put out a simple illustration of changes in global temperatures since 1850.    I used Dr. Hawkins image and had a little fun:      

Marine Resource Economics has published an unpublished paper off the reading list of "Wilen’s resource economics course at UC Davis" (fn 3)

Environmental Economics

Three of Professor Wilen's students (including current and former editors of MRE) introduce the paper like this: Throughout his career, James E.

2018 130

A critique of CBA from the 90s

Environmental Economics

I've just read Elizabeth Anderson 's critique of the use of cost-benefit analysis in environmental and workplace safety policy.    (It was written in 1995, so I'm a little behind.)    It appears in chapter 9 of her book Value in Ethics and Economics and is reprinted in the anthology Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. It's a good read for those who estimate the value of a statistical life of the willingness to pay for improvements in air quality. 

2018 135

Krugman on renewables

Environmental Economics

I'm not sure I'm as optimistic as Krugman but the attempt to reduce the use of from renewable energy is likely a huge mistake (in terms of dynamic efficiency): Not that long ago, calls for a move to wind and solar power were widely perceived as impractical if not hippie-dippy silly.

2018 149

This is going into my annual review

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2018 163

High Modernism, Metis, and Pigou

Environmental Economics

I just finished reading Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott.    I've been thinking quite a bit about its implications for environmental policy and in particular the standard neoclassical policy prescriptions for the environment (i.e. Pigouvian taxes and/or cap-and-trade).

2018 100

What I did today: a little community-based research (warning: self-promotion ahead)

Environmental Economics

Here is an idea for your time when the hard, gemlike flame  threatens to flicker ( BS&G ride director happy with 2018 event ):  Blood, Sweat and Gears Ride Director Scott Nelson felt the 2018 edition of the event went as well as it could. The event, which took place June 23, starting and ending at Valle Crucis Elementary School, hosted 966 riders split between riding the 100-mile and the 50-mile courses. The event raised $103,000 for a variety of causes.

2018 118

Scorecard is in and it looks like conservation is losing

Environmental Economics

The Congressional Budget Office has prepared its first estimates of direct expenditures and revenues from H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018; AKA the Farm Bill.    It looks like the conservation title (Title II) might take some hits. 

2018 141

Teaching environmental economics with mini-research projects

Environmental Economics

My sophomore level environmental and resource econ course has a research component. The students are required to write an abstract suitable for submission to an undergraduate research conference.

2018 141

What should a reviewer do when the journal increases the costs of providing a review?

Environmental Economics

It has gone down something like this: Get a review assignment from a journal. Am unable to login to the journal website to retrieve the paper. Find out that the journal has created two accounts for me. Journal sends me the paper to review via email. Can't login to submit my review.

2018 141

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

Environmental Economics

A couple of weeks ago, soon after EPA Administrator Pruitt's announcement to introduce a rule changing the role of cost-benefit analysis in design of environmental regulations, I wrote an op-ed and submitted it to the NYTimes for consideration.    They politely declined (by ignoring the submission) so I submitted it to the Washington Post.    They too, politely declined (by ignoring the submission). 

2018 118

@CEA -- Bonus points on your final exam to the first person to explain the blue shaded area to @realdonaldtrump

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2018 151

"House votes to disavow carbon tax"

Environmental Economics

From The Hill : The House passed a nonbinding measure Thursday to denounce a carbon tax, calling it “detrimental” to the United States. The resolution, sponsored by House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), states that a tax on emissions of carbon dioxide — the most prevalent greenhouse gas that causes climate change — “would be detrimental to American families and businesses, and is not in the best interest of the United States.”. It passed 229-180 with two members voting "present."

2018 100

Call for papers: Special Issue on "Coastal Resources Economics and Ecosystem Valuation" in the journal Water

Environmental Economics

From the guest editors: Dear Colleagues, Coastal areas around the world are dynamic environments at the interface of terrestrial, marine, and freshwater systems. Nearly 40% of the world’s people already live in these areas, yet coastal zones are increasingly attractive for development and tourism, and are vulnerable to a variety of impacts from land use, water management, nutrients, invasive species, extreme weather, sea level rise and oil spills, among others.

2018 100

Field research: measuring beach width for a random utility model

Environmental Economics

2018 100

"House votes to disavow carbon tax"

Environmental Economics

From The Hill : The House passed a nonbinding measure Thursday to denounce a carbon tax, calling it “detrimental” to the United States. The resolution, sponsored by House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), states that a tax on emissions of carbon dioxide — the most prevalent greenhouse gas that causes climate change — “would be detrimental to American families and businesses, and is not in the best interest of the United States.”. It passed 229-180 with two members voting "present."

2018 100

Call for papers: Special Issue on "Coastal Resources Economics and Ecosystem Valuation" in the journal Water

Environmental Economics

From the guest editors: Dear Colleagues, Coastal areas around the world are dynamic environments at the interface of terrestrial, marine, and freshwater systems. Nearly 40% of the world’s people already live in these areas, yet coastal zones are increasingly attractive for development and tourism, and are vulnerable to a variety of impacts from land use, water management, nutrients, invasive species, extreme weather, sea level rise and oil spills, among others.

2018 100

Daily Demand and Supply: Who will pay for the wall if a 20% import tax is imposed?

Environmental Economics

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. and Mexico through a 20% import tax on all goods imported from Mexico.

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Top 100 Economics Blogs of 2018

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2018 130

What’s the value of a clean beach? Here’s how economists do the numbers

Environmental Economics

I was asked to write an article for The Conversation that explains how economists place values on environmental goods (with examples).    Here's what I came up with.     Apologies to all of those involved in the research if this comes across as self-promoting--the perils of writing with an editor.    All of the examples mentioned in the article were team efforts--most were not my idea--and I was a minor part of each team. 

2018 100

Daily Demand and Supply: Where's the Beef? (and cheese and soybeans)

Environmental Economics

Following the political dominoes of international trade policy can be mind-boggling, but the basic economic principles can be simple.    A tariff placed on U.S. products by another country (like meat, cheese, and soy beans) will reduce the amount (supply) of U.S. meat, cheese, and soy beans sold in other countries, and increase the amount of meat, cheese, and soy beans available for the U.S. market.    In the U.S.

2018 100

What’s the value of a clean beach? Here’s how economists do the numbers

Environmental Economics

I was asked to write an article for The Conversation that explains how economists place values on environmental goods (with examples).    Here's what I came up with.     Apologies to all of those involved in the research if this comes across as self-promoting--the perils of writing with an editor.    All of the examples mentioned in the article were team efforts--most were not my idea--and I was a minor part of each team. 

2018 100

This article at Vox summarizes everything that I've been trying to say at this blog for the past 10 years (and have been too apoplectic to say during the past year)

Environmental Economics

David Roberts: President Donald Trump’s administration has been on a deregulatory bender, particularly when it comes to environmental regulations. As of January, the New York Times counted 67 environmental rules on the chopping block under Trump. This is not one of Trump’s idiosyncrasies, though. His administration is more ham-handed and flagrant about it, but the antipathy it expresses toward federal regulation falls firmly within the GOP mainstream.

2018 148

New publication: Estimating the Value of Medal Success in the Olympic Games

Environmental Economics

From the inbox: Your article  Estimating the Value of Medal Success in the Olympic Games  has now been published in  Journal of Sports Economics  Volume 19 Issue 3, April 2018 and can be viewed at  doi.org/10.1177/ 1527002515626221.

2018 141

EU ETS Cap-and-Trade attempts to stabilize price with a reserve

Environmental Economics

The European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme , the world's largest greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program, will be taking a new step to stabilize permit prices.    Starting in January 2019, the Market Stability Reserve will go into effect, which aims to stabilize price by reducing the long-standing permit surpluses that have plagued the ETC.    The reserve will: address the current surplus of allowances.

2018 131

11th edition of Tietenberg and Lewis

Environmental Economics

From the website : Environmental and Natural Resource Economics  is the best-selling text for natural resource economics and environmental economics courses, offering a policy-oriented approach and introducing economic theory and empirical work from the field.

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