Environmental Economics

Follow the bouncing ball of ethanol policy

Environmental Economics

I'm just going to leave this here. I have no idea where to start.  POET announced today it will idle production at its bioprocessing facility in Cloverdale, IN due to recent decisions by the Administration regarding SREs.

"Here's what it could cost for America to buy Greenland"

Environmental Economics

If history is any guide, the autonomous Danish territory is worth at least $1 billion. In 1946, the United States offered Denmark $100 million in gold to buy Greenland, according to documents in the US National Archives. That's equivalent to $1.3 billion today, taking inflation into account.

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Today's "Moment of Happiness"

Environmental Economics

This is a good one for the beginning of the semester: “The desire of being believed, the desire of persuading, of leading, and directing other people, seems to be one of the strongest of all our natural desires.” -- Adam Smith,  The Theory of Moral Sentiments.

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Virtue signaling

Environmental Economics

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

Environmental Economics

Abstract:  Under President Donald Trump, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made significant changes to the way it conducts economic analyses of regulatory actions.

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Quote of the day: Trump’s Rollback of Auto Pollution Rules Shows Signs of Disarray

Environmental Economics

“You get to a point where, if enough companies are with California, then what the Trump administration is doing is moot,” said Alan Krupnick, an economist with Resources for the Future, a nonpartisan energy and environment research organization. via www.nytimes.com.

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Video on Approaches to Externalities

Environmental Economics

Here's a video that reviews approaches to negative externalities. It is truly a review--students should have some familiarity with the externality story before watching it.

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I have a few follow-up questions.

Environmental Economics

There seems to be a climate change pattern emerging.in the administration's response to questions about climate change.

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

Environmental Economics

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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.”.

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Review of Environmental Economics and Policy (REEP) is a top 3 economics journal.

Environmental Economics

at least according to the Web of Science Journal Citations Report for 2018. And yes, I'm telling you this because John and I now have a top 3 publication (and I think we deserve a raise dammit

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A new journal: Series of Unsurprising Results in Economics

Environmental Economics

Kelsey Piper at Vox ( This economics journal only publishes results that are no big deal ): Start with the name: Series of Unsurprising Results in Economics (SURE).

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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.

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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. 

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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."

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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.

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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" !

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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.

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

Environmental Economics

Econ 101: Tariffs ARE taxes.    That's all

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"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.

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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?

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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). 

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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 […].

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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

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.

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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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For the 37th year in a row!

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

Environmental Economics

2019 130

I'm certifiable

Environmental Economics

2019 130

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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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

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

Environmental Economics

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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

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

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

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

Environmental Economics

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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.

2017 218

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

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

The climes they are a-changin'

Environmental Economics

I was talking to my parents last night and they were bemoaning the amount of rain they have had the past month.    These are the same parents who can best be described as climate change skeptics. 

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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

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.

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