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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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At What Cost? Legislators come up with solutions to Harmful Algal Blooms. Environmental Economists come up with cheaper solutions.

Environmental Economics

The Legislature of the State of Ohio is currently considering legislation to reduce Phosphorous loadings into Lake Erie by 40%.    This is a good thing, as reducing Phosphorous going into Lake Erie will reduce the incidence and impact of Harmful Algal Blooms in the Western Lake Erie Basin.  

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Luxexcel adds 3D printed prescription lenses to Vuzix AR headsets

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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 […].

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Top 100 Economics Blogs of 2018

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GDPR

Last year, we hosted the 2017 MVP Awards across three of our sites. In order to get ready for this year’s coming awards across even more of our sites, we’re catching up with some of our judges from the previous awards who offered their time and insight to make the awards even better. Take a look!

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.

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California mandates solar panels on all new homes

Environmental Economics

If you want to build a new home in California, you will have to build one with rooftop solar, according to a new mandate from the California Energy Commission.    The solar rules will apply to new single-family homes and new multi-family housing of three stories or fewer. Under the plan, builders who obtain construction permits issued on Jan. 1, 2020 or later must comply. Read more here: [link].

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"Conferences and workshops in environmental, energy, and natural resource economics"

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Via caseyjwichman.com : Conferences and workshops in environmental, energy, and natural resource economics. Northeast Workshop on Energy Policy and Environmental Economics. New York, NY. May 17-18, 2018. Submissions: closed. link]. NBER Summer Institute – Environmental & Energy Economics. Cambridge, MA. July 23-24, 2018. Submissions: closed (invite only). link]. Camp Resources XXV. Wrightsville Beach, NC. August 12-14, 2018. Submissions: closed. link].

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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

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If we all line up on the coast, count to 3, and jump in the ocean yelling "CANNONBALL" I think we could splash out enough water to counter sea-level rise*

Environmental Economics

Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks on possible causes of sea level rise : "What about erosion? Every time you have that soil or rock, whatever it is, that is deposited into the seas, that forces the sea levels to rise because now you've got less space in those oceans because the bottom is moving up." " Anyone still question the need for more science education in our schools? Flashback to my childhood.Dad, almost daily: "Leave some damn water in the pool!&

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As Vice President Biden would say, "This is a BFD"

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FB18-032 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE D ATE:  May 17, 2018 CONTACT:  Frank.Helies@noaa.gov , Sustainable Fisheries, 727-824-5305.   Request for Comments: Limited Opening of Recreational and Commercial Red Snapper Fishery in South Atlantic Federal Waters.   KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries requests comments on a proposed rule for Amendment 43 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Amendment 43). 

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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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How are the economy (and environment) doing--without reference to politics?

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This is going into my annual review

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The social cost of carbon isn't zero

Environmental Economics

Robert Pindyck and James Stock at The Hill : The “social cost of carbon” (SCC) is the dollar value of the future climate damages from emitting an additional ton of carbon dioxide. During the Georgia W. Bush and  Barack Obama  administrations, the SCC was used in regulatory cost-benefit analysis. The SCC is also the starting point for thinking about the appropriate magnitude of a carbon tax to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

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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.

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Is this the Kudlow question?

Environmental Economics

Larry Kudlow doesn't have an economics degree. So, if he wasn't the National Economic Council guy, i.e., restricting eligibility for that job by requiring a graduate degree in economics, would that reduce the chances for good public policy outcomes?

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

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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.

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Daily Demand and Supply: Government prevents entire island population from getting crabs*

Environmental Economics

From NBC.com : This community voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump. But now his immigration changes are killing its livelihood — legendary crabs that are a mainstay of the local economy and a regional delicacy. For decades, Hoopers Island, known for its crabbing industry, has relied on a federal seasonal work program — known as H-2B visas — to keep its businesses humming. This has allowed employers to hire foreigners, mostly Mexican women, to come temporarily to pick crab meat.

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The carbon tax vs. cap-and-trade Teutul meme | via @DrShewmake

Environmental Economics

In case you are wondering:  The 'American Chopper' meme featuring Paul Teutul and son, explained

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YouTube: Estimating Turnbull WTP

Environmental Economics

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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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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.

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A benefit-cost analysis of a red drum stock enhancement program in South Carolina

Environmental Economics

Rhodes, J. Whitehead, T. Smith and M. Denson  [link]. Published online: 11 May 2018. Abstract: Recreational saltwater anglers from the mid-Atlantic through the Gulf of Mexico commonly target red drum. Due to concerns about overharvesting within South Carolina coupled with regional management actions, South Carolina explored the technical feasibility of stocking hatchery-produced juvenile red drum as a technique to augment the abundance of South Carolina stock.

Hey U.S. Senate, how about a letter calling for simply ending all of those stupid #TrumpTariffs (not just the ones that hurt your states)?

Environmental Economics

NEW: A group of eight Republican senators send a letter to the @USTradeRep , @SecretaryPerry and @SecretaryRoss calling for utility-scale #solar panels to be exempted from the #TrumpTariffs. pic.twitter.com/QxutfjkQ6y. Solar Industry (@SEIA) May 11, 2018

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Paying people to live in rural areas

Environmental Economics

My state, Georgia, has created a Rural Development Council to address the issues facing rural Georgia.    (For instance, access to health care is pretty bad.).

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Estimating WTP with the Turnbull in a sophomore level environmental and resource economics course (ECO 2620): Part 1 (Crosstabs in SPSS)

Environmental Economics

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If you want to know what to think about the EPA's move to relax fuel economy standards.

Environmental Economics

My knee jerk reaction was faux anger -- everything Pruitt seems to reek and the 2012 standards were supported by benefit-cost analysis  (1, 2). But for some reason I decided to wait and see what someone who know more about this issue (i.e., someone at RFF) had to say.

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That slow dog is hit again

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We’ll know the smart economists at Georg Mason U are liberated from Koch influences when they can endorse pricing carbon. link]. Adele C. Morris, Ph.D. AdeleCMorris) May 2, 2018. Alternative post titles: When free market environmentalism meets a global public good. Actually, this isn't the biggest problem for George Mason economics. Climate Liberty

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Aguanomics: Optimal regulation

Environmental Economics

David Zetland: Back in Nov 2016 (!),

Update: journals making it difficult to review a paper

Environmental Economics

I emailed the link to my blog post to the journal that has me in their reviewer database twice so I can't log in to do the review. This is the reply I received less than an hour later. From  From the inbox: Dear Whitehead, Wait. "Dear "Dear Whitehead"? What, are you an undergraduate at a regional state university?

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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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Call for papers: AERE @ the Southern Economic Association Annual Meetings

Environmental Economics

The Southern Economic Association Annual Meetings will be held November 18-20, 2018 in Washington, D.C.: link]. Submit your abstract for presentation in an AERE session at the 2018 SEA here: [link]. You will be asked to enter relevant author information and upload a pdf document with your paper's title, author names and an abstract of no more than 1,000 words. Authors may submit more than one abstract. Abstracts are due March 15. Authors will be notified of paper acceptance by March 30.

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My contribution to U.S. fisheries policy in 2017

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Source:  [link

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I'll never "winterize" my courses again

Environmental Economics

We got some decent snow today so App State cancelled classes with the encouragement to "winterize" missed courses: Due to increasingly inclement weather, all classes on March 14 are cancelled.  Road conditions vary across the county.

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Where I'll be this weekend. [don't get excited, I'm not going to "America's top roots based music festival"]

Environmental Economics

From the website : The Department of Economics and the Center for Economic Research & Policy Analysis at Appalachian State University will hold the  2018 Appalachian Experimental and Environmental Economics Workshop  on April 27-28, 2018 at the BRAHM in Blowing Rock NC.  

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