Environmental Economics

REEP: "The Need for More (Not Less) External Review of Economic Analysis at the U.S. EPA"

Environmental Economics

via the advance articles alert email:  Kevin J Boyle & Matthew J Kotchen. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy. link]. Published: 13 June 2019 Abstract. Under President Donald Trump, the U.S.

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Daily demand and supply

Environmental Economics

Summer gasoline market analysis from AAA: The national average dropped six cents on the week, following a consistent downward trend since Memorial Day. The decline is unusual for this time of year. Pump prices usually trickle higher during the summer months due to increased demand.

2019 130

I've finally hit the Journal of Hydrology!

Environmental Economics

Here is the propaganda from App State: "Respondents willing to pay for stormwater management and reduce negative effects from runoff" !

2019 130

Quote of the Day: Word Salad

Environmental Economics

“I did say, ‘Well, the United States right now has among the cleanest climates there are based on all statistics.’ And it’s even getting better because I agree with that we want the best water, the cleanest water. It’s crystal clean, has to be crystal clean clear.”.

2019 141

Graphic of the Day: I'm just going to leave this here while I wipe my tears.

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2019 164

New Edition of David Anderson's Environmental Economics and Natural Resource Management

Environmental Economics

Here is the description: The tools of environmental economics guide policymakers as they weigh development against nature, present against future, and certain benefits against uncertain consequences.

2019 130

Graphic of the Day: If it quacks like a tax.

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Econ 101: Tariffs ARE taxes.    That's all

2019 130

A great job opportunity for an undergraduate economics student (deadline May 28)

Environmental Economics

Assessing the Benefits & Costs of Environmental Policies that Improve Water Quality :  A research training opportunity is currently available at the U.S.

2019 141

Daily Demand and Supply: Bill Nye Explains the Law of Demand.and Carbon Pricing, MFers.

Environmental Economics

Warning:  NSFW (Unless you work at a University and part of your job is to watch stuff like this and post it on a blog). The highlights of this have been around all week, but most of the clips are just Bill Nye the Science Guy saying "motherf ers. 

2019 141

Quote of the Day: Hayek the prognosticator

Environmental Economics

Somehow seems appropriate (and ironic): "In principle the industrial protectionism and government-supported cartels and agricultural policies of the conservative groups are not different from the proposals for a more far-reaching direction of economic life sponsored by the socialists."

2019 141

Abstract Monday: Correcting On-Site Sampling Bias

Environmental Economics

Today's entry in Abstract Monday is a little technical, but it's a problem I've been interested in for a long time, and it looks like my and John's former colleague, Ju-Chin Huang* , and co-author have found an improvement (if not solution). 

2019 130

AERE 2019 Summer Conference

Environmental Economics

The schedule of papers for the AERE 2019 Summer Conference is now online (just in time!). Lots of good papers!    Not sure which sessions I will attend, but I will do my best to attend the session that I am presenting in

2019 130

"Economists flee Agriculture Dept. after feeling punished under Trump"

Environmental Economics

The beatings will continue until morale improves (update): Economists in the Agriculture Department's research branch say the Trump administration is retaliating against them for publishing reports that shed negative light on White House policies, spurring an exodus that included six of them quitting the department on a single day in late April.

2019 136

Quote of the Day: Yep, I'm REALLY that guy

Environmental Economics

"Are you REALLY the guy that wrote that book on nonmarket valuation?" " Nameless graduate student, to me, at lunch today.

2019 130

For the 37th year in a row!

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2019 130

Picture of the day: My friend and co-author Pete Groothuis receives the WCOB Research Award

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2019 130

I'm certifiable

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2019 130

New working paper: "Willingness Toupee"

Environmental Economics

Willingness Toupee. David M. McEvoy, O. Ashton Morgan and John C, Whitehead. No 19-01, Working Papers from Department of Economics, Appalachian State University. Abstract: In this paper we tackle the hairy problem of male pattern baldness. We survey balding men and elicit their willingness to pay to move from their current sad situation to a more plentiful one. Then we comb-over the results. What’s the average willingness to pay to move from a glistening cue ball to a luscious mane?

2019 151

Friday Beer Post: The best reason yet to oppose a trade war (and there are a lot of reasons)

Environmental Economics

This is appalling ! I'm aghast! I need a beer. Around this time  last year , the Beer Institute (BI), a national trade association representing the American brewing industry, warned that President Donald Trump’s aluminum and steel tariffs would cost the beer industry $347 million annually and potentially lead to the loss of 20,000 jobs. Well, as it turns out, the BI’s worst fears are coming true. The Washington, D.C.,

2019 116

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 […].

2018 218

Quote of the Day: Freedom Fries the Redux

Environmental Economics

Ladies and gentleman, an actual press release from the Department of Energy (with EMPHASIS ADDED):  “Increasing export capacity from the Freeport LNG project is critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world by giving America’s allies a diverse and affordable source of clean energy. Further, more exports of U.S. LNG to the world means more U.S. jobs and more domestic economic growth and cleaner air here at home and around the globe,” said U.S. Under Secretary of Energy Mark W.

2019 100

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.

2018 211

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.

2018 183

And this blog could very well be exhibits A, B, and C.case closed.

Environmental Economics

Ummm.this : "People are getting dumber. That's not a judgment; it's a global fact. In a host of leading nations, IQ scores have started to decline.&

2019 100

Quote of the Day: Global Heating? Climate Crisis?

Environmental Economics

The Guardian has indicated that it is changing its guidelines for writing about climate change :   “We want to ensure that we are being scientifically precise, while also communicating clearly with readers on this very important issue,” said the editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner. The phrase ‘climate change’, for example, sounds rather passive and gentle when what scientists are talking about is a catastrophe for humanity.”.      

2019 100

Ten Years of Select Economic Data in Graphs

Environmental Economics

A pet peeve of mine as an economist is giving too much credit to the current quarterback , er.President for [economic] wins and too much blame for [economic] losses. 

2017 207

Econ 101ism and Environmental Economics

Environmental Economics

I just finished reading a great book that substantially changed how I think about economics - " Economism: Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality " by James Kwak. 

2019 138

ERE Special Issue on Benefit Transfer

Environmental Economics

Well, when I drafted this, it was a recent publication I wanted to announce, but now that I have some free time, I can finish it.   The March issue of Environmental and Resource Economics  is a special issue on "Benefit Transfer: Current Practice and Future Prospects."

2019 141

Abstract Monday

Environmental Economics

A while back I tweeted :  Econ-world: Anyone else wish econ journals would require abstracts be written like some medical journals? Just wondering. link]. — Tim Haab (@tim_env_econ) November 2, 2018. Even though I only got 3 likes on the Tweet (sad face emoji), I've been thinking about how I might use alternative abstracting formats as I write, and read, papers.    So today I decided to try it with a 'recent' paper I've been wanting to read. 

2019 109

Only someone poorly trained in the dark arts would have expected otherwise

Environmental Economics

From the WaPo ( Trump’s washing-machine tariffs cost U.S. consumers $815,000 for every job created ): President Trump has repeatedly sought to  portray his tariffs on Chinese goods  as a major windfall for the U.S. treasury that has extracted “billions of dollars” from China. But the reality is that tariffs are  typically absorbed by consumers  in the form of higher prices. And now a new study shows just how big that markup can be.

2019 109

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

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2017 208

A comment on Balmford et al. "The Value of Statistical Life for Adults and Children."

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Bamford et al. 2019) , in the context of estimating the value of a statistical life (VSL), say (emphasis added): Concerns regarding responsiveness to scope in CV studies are not novel; indeed, instances of scope insensitivity are widespread within the literature (Ojea and Loureiro, 2011). However, investigations into the causes of such problems remain an active area of research (Borzykowki et al., 2018).

2019 100

Daily demand and supply: A simultaneous (and equivalent) increase in demand and supply leads to no change in price

Environmental Economics

From AAA ( gas prices fluctuate moderately across the country ): With the national gas price average at $2.89 – just a penny more expensive than last week – the majority of states are seeing moderate jumps and even declines at the pump. Twenty-seven states saw gas prices decrease or hold steady on the week with Delaware (-4 cents), Kentucky (-3 cents) and North Carolina (-3 cents) seeing the largest declines.

2019 100

Quote of the Day: Political Science is NOT sound science

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From Politico : “In USDA, we want good scientific discovery,” [USDA Secretary Sonny] Perdue said, when asked about the mandated research-disclosure language. “We We want peer-based evidence there. We know that research, some has been found in the past to not have been adequately peer-reviewed in a way that created wrong information, and we’re very serious when we say we’re fact-based, data-driven decision makers. That relies on sound, replicatable science rather than opinion.

2019 100

Abstract Monday: A new baseline model for estimating willingness to pay from discrete choice models

Environmental Economics

I picked this week's entry in Abstract Monday because: Estimating willingness to pay from discrete choice models is my thing, and. It gives a very simple 'solution' to a problem that has plagued the literature, and. I tried something similar to this a long time ago, but didn't do anything with it because it couldn't be implemented in standard statistical packages at the time (cue the sad violin music), and. This one time, in band camp.

2019 100

It's time to stop wondering when the renewable switch will occur and start asking how do we manage the transition

Environmental Economics

CNN : The renewable energy sector is projected to generate more electricity than coal during the month of April, according to a recent report  published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. That's never happened before. Technological change, government policies, and changing consumer preferences have all but guaranteed the switch from fossil fuels to renewables. 

2019 100

What's up with folks in Hawaii?

Environmental Economics

They're worried about sea-level rise or something. From the HuffPost ( Hawaii Lawmakers look to protect coast from climate change ): Predicting Honolulu will start experiencing frequent flooding within the next 15 to 20 years, state lawmakers are trying to pass legislation that would spend millions for a coastline protection program aimed at defending the city from regular tidal inundations.

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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.

2017 190

NPS Visitor Use Statistics

Environmental Economics

A while back I was looking for recreation data that I could match to water quality data, particularly in the Gulf. The  The National Park Service provides visitor park statistics. These provide pretty cool data by park with a lot of detail and background ( for example ).

2019 130

Gina McCarthy: The Role of Environmental Economics in U.S. Environmental Policy

Environmental Economics

Abstract: This Editorial, written by a former United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator under President Barack Obama, is adapted from the author's keynote address on June 25, 2018 at the World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists in Gothenburg, Sweden. It reviews the important history of environmental economics and how it has influenced rulemaking at the EPA.

2019 100

If I'm standing in the bathtub, and the tub fills with water, am I sinking?

Environmental Economics

This seems like a big deal. Indonesia is moving its capital city away from Jakarta, according to the country's planning minister. Jakarta is also one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world. Researchers say that large parts of the megacity could be entirely submerged by 2050. North Jakarta sunk 2.5m (eight feet) in 10 years and is continuing to sink an average of 1-15cm a year. For the geographically challenges, Jakarta is home to 10 million people.    More than New York City

2019 100

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

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Here we go again: DRIVE LESS! is the answer

Environmental Economics

Every 6 years or so (I'm rounding) gas prices rise, and the results are predictable:  Price go up because of some supply shock, the news starts to cover it, people start to complain, politicians start to rumble about price gouging and restricting prices, supply increases, prices fall, and everyone calms down.

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