“Gas Taxes and Oil Subsidies: Time for Reform”

Environmental Economics

The economic effects of falling oil prices are negative overall for oil-exporting countries, of course, and positive for oil-importing countries. But what about effects that are not directly economic? Many emerging market countries have taken advantage of the last year of falling oil prices to implement such reforms. Jeffrey Frankel at Econbrowser : World oil prices have been highly volatile during the last decade. Over the past year they have fallen more than 50%.

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Inevitable Welfare Reform & European Rabbits


The European Parliament seems to think that implementing certain welfare measures will “make life better” for rabbits who are considered nothing more than economic commodities. 340 million rabbits are raised for food every year in Europe. The ultimate decision rests on the European Commission, but the assumption here is that the rabbits would somehow benefit from these measures.

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"The economics of carbon taxes"

Environmental Economics

This looks good: With the growing need for reform in the US fiscal system, the idea of a tax on carbon has emerged as a possible solution. Donald Marron of the Urban Institute argued that carbon tax revenues could be used to lower corporate tax rates to increase economic efficiency in the US.

Welfare reform reinforces growing class prejudice reminiscent of Victorian era

Green (Living) Review

This research shows that this is reinforcing prejudicial and intolerant attitudes towards the most disadvantaged members of society, as the government has been successful in individualising the causes of poverty and unemployment, and marginalising the socio-economic determinants of hardship.”

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"Depression Economics and Climate Policy"

Environmental Economics

Paul Krugman: Ross Douthat attempts to justify the reform conservative backdown on climate policy; John Quiggin isn’t persuaded. But there’s one argument Quiggin, somewhat surprisingly, doesn’t make: Douthat has the economics all wrong. Douthat’s essential point, as I understand it, is that economic troubles make this a bad time to take on the burden of climate adjustment, that they strengthen the case for waiting to see if we can get by doing less and using cheaper approaches.

Telling the Truth About Education?and About Ed Reform | Mother.

Mother Jones

Telling the Truth About Education—and About Ed Reform. At the same time, years of dipping into the ed reform literature has made me very cynical about faddish interventions. Inspiring, relevant, smart audiobooks: sustainability, progressive economics, health, engaging fiction.

Professional bodies unite in concern over proposed planning reforms

Green (Living) Review

Six bodies representing a range of environmental professions have united in a joint letter to planning Minister, Greg Clarke MP, expressing their concern over the current planning reform proposals from Government. The signatories urged the Government to exercise due caution in rushing out the reforms and in particular to re-examine its use of the term ‘Sustainable Development’, which they consider to be a “gross mis-representation” of the principle.

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The limitations of behavioral economics

Environmental Economics

There are two problems with these reforms inspired by behavioral economics. Nevertheless, such an old-fashioned fix, rooted in the assumptions of classical economics, would be far more effective than a redesigned electricity bill. It's Friday night and I'm getting ready for a night of clubbing. Just one more post. I just reviewed a nudge style paper, and it was cool, but the extensions don't seem to be there: Or take a recent study in Sacramento, Calif.,

Government planning reform must lead to green, safe and prosperous future

Green (Living) Review

A greener and fairer planning system must be at the heart of reforms reported to be published next week says Friends of the Earth. Planning reform is expected to form a prominent part of the Government's Decentralisation and Localism Bill. " The Decentralisation and Localism bill is expected to include further reforms of the land use planning system.

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What does the debt ceiling have to do with environmental and resource economics?

Environmental Economics

The Water Resources Reform and Development Act, H.R. And you thought the debt ceiling fight was about government spending.

Global Economic Sharing: The Most Important Debate of Our Time?

Green (Living) Review

For many, the practice of sharing represents a global cultural shift towards empathy, trust and generosity, and holds the greatest source of hope for economic and social transformation.

Put your Money where your Mindful is: How to Create Positive Change.

Elephant Journal

Animal Rights Conscious Consumerism Ecofashion Enlightened Society Food Green Health & Wellness animal agriculture eco economic policies green grow your own food Meat Free Mondays palm oil positive reformation reusable coffee cups second hand options shop consientiously sustainable alternatives vote with our walletsI'm not going to lie to you. Being a conscious consumer takes more time than the more mindless variety.

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The madness of perpetual growth on a finite planet

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) It is amazing how many, apparently same, people believe that you can have infinite perpetual economic growth on a finite Planet such as ours. Tinkering around at the edges is not going to work and neither is reforming the system.

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Export Oil, Import Water = Risky Economics for Middle East

Green Prophet

But although desalination may become an increasingly affordable, and renewable, solution, water experts say it can only be used as part of wider reforms. Water scarcity has already become a fact of daily life for Egyptians.

"Scott Pruitt is now waging a war on economics"

Environmental Economics

Rob Verchick ("a professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and president of the Center for Progressive Reform in Washington. In a  notice inviting the public to comment  on whether and how to change the cost-benefit analysis, released on June 7, Pruitt appears to be laying the groundwork for reforms that would allow the EPA to hide the real-world value of protections by downplaying or leaving out many of the benefits they provide.

2018 147

Elinor Ostrom has transformed economics.

The Green Changemakers

I was amazed to find that Elinor Ostrom, a 76-year-old professor, had won the Nobel Prize for economics. Ostrom's work is important to socialists because it shows that it is possible to run economic systems without private property or state control.

2009 56

An assault on the academy!*

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?

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Nature’s Climate Solutions

Conservancy Talk

This kind of conservation work not only saves nature; it also benefits people by creating economic opportunities and reducing risk for communities threatened by climate change. Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges facing our planet today.

“Green Economics”: Turning Mainstream Thinking on Its Head

The Green Changemakers

That’s especially true about mainstream economics, which is based in part on ideas that made a lot of sense at some point in the last 250 years but that have outlived their time and usefulness. These ideas—such as the reliance on GDP as the key index of general wellbeing—still dominate assumptions and thinking about economic matters in the media, governments, businesses, and popular consciousness. We’ve gotten really good at economic growth. Tags: Economics Green

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Reaching for Elysium: Why the movie could have been great but wasn’t

The Alien Next Door

Max is a reformed criminal who, like Blomkamp’s “workaday” anti-hero in District 9 (Sharlto Copley), is not very hero-like until the last five minutes of the film, when he has his personal epiphany and decides to act altruistically rather than self-servingly.

2013 157

"How Large Are Global Energy Subsidies?"

Environmental Economics

These subsidies primarily reflect under-pricing from a domestic (rather than global) perspective, so even unilateral price reform is in countries’ own interests. The potential fiscal, environmental and welfare impacts of energy subsidy reform are substantial. The fiscal, environmental, and welfare impacts of energy subsidy reform are potentially enormous. After allowing for the higher energy costs faced by consumers, this action would raise global economic welfare by $1.8

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Common Resources on China’s Carbon Tax Plan

Environmental Economics

 The actual announcement  by Jia Chen from the Ministry of Finance buried the mention of the new carbon tax within a broader set of tax reform goals. Other reforms mentioned included the use of taxes to promote innovation and the development of small- and medium-sized businesses. This

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Is paying fair value the same as paying the full value?

Environmental Economics

A recent study by the independent nonprofit research group Headwaters Economics estimates that various reforms to the royalty valuation system would have generated $900 million to $5.6 Various reforms to my salary would have generated that much too. Snark warning.

2015 217

Stand-up economist on NPR's "Goats and Soda" [goats and soda?]

Environmental Economics

This is the least funny part of the show (but maybe the most important): The next minute he's pitching you his idea about environmental tax reform. In addition to being a comedian and an economist, Bauman has committed his life to "using the tools of economics and the power of capitalism to protect the environment." " Even if you don't quite understand environmental tax reform (shame on you!),

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Here's How Billionaires Launder Their Climate-Denial Cash | Mother.

Mother Jones

Well, Andy Kroll told you all about them right here at MoJo last week: Over the past decade, it has funded the rights assault on labor unions, climate scientists, public schools, economic regulations, and the very premise of activist government. Skip to Navigation. Skip to Content.

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The "war on coal" continues

Environmental Economics

A recent study by the independent nonprofit research group Headwaters Economics estimates that various reforms to the royalty valuation system would have generated $900 million to $5.6 Moreover, as the Council of Economic Advisers documented in a report last July because of the long-lived nature of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, these costs will continue to rise. David J. Hayes and James H.

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Water pricing, "free" markets and climate change

Environmental Economics

He implicitly assumes that policy reform will not take place in California.  The challenge of adaptation is mainly political (not economics). government) to price water more rationally is a plea for policy reform (the term Matt uses earlier) towards a better use of incentives.   Matt also said this the other day : Terry Anderson's book  Free Market Environmentalism  played a key role in my early thinking about Coase and environmental economics.

A Dubious (or Curious) Response?

Environmental Economics

  In dismissing the method, Senator Vitter cites an article by economics Professor Jerry Hausman published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives in 2012.   We need sensible regulatory reform that reverses the growing burdens on employers that drive jobs overseas.

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

Environmental Economics

The recent carbon-market reform introduces a so-called Market Stability Reserve (MSR). All that I've read about the MSR indicates that it's not so much a cyclical policy, designed to smooth out abatement costs or increase efficiency in the face of fluctuations in costs or other economic variables. 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. 

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A Better Way to Meet America’s Needs: Invest in Nature

Conservancy Talk

And the economic benefits of nature extend far beyond direct employment. Tax Reform Congress is poised to consider sweeping tax reform proposals, which presents another promising opportunity to encourage private-sector investments in nature.

2017 67

Beyond business as usual: ten principles to promote Nigerian social capitalism

The Green Changemakers

Ancient Nigerian proverb about philanthropy The current recession has caused worldwide soul-searching about whether conventional capitalism is the right economic model for the 21st century. Tags: Economics Social Enterprise

2010 65

Actually, higher insurance premiums was not an unintended consequence

Environmental Economics

The Biggert-Waters measure sought to reform the nation’s nearly bankrupt flood insurance program, ending federal subsidies for insuring buildings in flood-prone coastal areas. In the long run, options 2 and 3 are strongly preferred in terms of economic efficiency

2014 194

Dream of a Nation

The Green Changemakers

Management Sustainable-development Ebook Economy Peace Economics Governance Community Education[link] [link] THE BOOK With over 400 pages of material that makes complex issues graspable, Dream of a Nation is a tool that will inform and engage.

Archaeologists Reveal Religious Diversity In Ancient Jerusalem

Green Prophet

Crucially, it was also a crossroads linking the south to Jerusalem, bringing pilgrims, merchants, and emigrants through the region, which increased its economic importance. ?. King Josiah’s reforms, ca.

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Weekend Reading 9/11/15

Sightline Daily

By floating his referendum candidacy, Lessig is making these much-needed reforms a part of the national conversation. But some, instead of blaming the economic drift on policies that continuously siphon all of our wealth to the top 0.01%, instead blame it on Mexican immigrants. Kristin.

2015 63

How Does Deforestation Affect Animals?


As important as forests are both environmentally and economically, many of our global forests are severely affected by deforestation. reforming trade agreements. Forests cover 31 percent of earth’s land. surface and house a majority of the plants and animals found on earth.

2018 97

Power, Responsibility, and Accountability: Re-Thinking the Legitimacy of Institutions for Climate Finance

The Green Changemakers

Existing institutions must also be reformed. At the international level, the choice between reforming traditional development agencies, such as the GEF, U.N. Delivering climate finance at scale, at least in the short term, will likely involve multiple mechanisms, both new and reformed.

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UK's new energy and environment ministers opposed green energy

Green (Living) Review

In 2009, as deputy director of the free-market thinktank Reform, Truss said energy infrastructure in Britain was being damaged by politicians'' obsession with green technology: “Vast amounts of taxpayers'' money are being spent subsidising uneconomic activity," she said.

Jordan’s Environmentalists Seek Seat at Government Table

Green Prophet

It is a vocal opponent of the country’s nuclear program and, as with Green Parties around the world, the group calls for social justice, economic reform and boosting employment among young Jordanians throughout the kingdom.

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Mankiw: The Key Role of Conservatives in Taxing Carbon

Environmental Economics

But economic growth has not suffered. Yes, there are challenges on the right — skepticism about climate science and about tax reform — but those are surmountable with time and effort. There is a lot that environmental groups seem to get wrong about environmental economics, sure enough. However, I am not optimistic given what seem to be current litmus test Republican issues: "skepticism about climate science and about tax reform.&

"Defending the One Percent (Again)"

Environmental Economics

Our tax system is far from perfect and is arguably in dire need of reform, but examples of the tax-dodging wealthy are not at all the norm. Greg Mankiw: Click here to read my column in Sunday's NY Times.    I expect this one will generate more than its share of irate letters.

2014 198

Trade and Environment: A Resource Book

The Green Changemakers

Gao Pronove (PDF - 215 kb) Dispute Resolution – Howard Mann and Yvonne Apea Expert Opinion: Reforming the DSU – Welber Barral Expert Opinion: PPMs, trade law and the environment – Robert Howse (PDF - 1.5 Tags: Environment Ebook Economics

2010 52

A note on the accuracy of Krugman's "cap and trade began as a Republican idea"

Environmental Economics

One prime example is, of course, health reform. There was, in fact, a time when many Democrats disliked the idea of using market mechanisms to limit pollution, so this was a case of Republicans pushing policy in the direction of good economics. Crocker, "The Structuring of Atmospheric Pollution Control Systems,” in The Economics of Air Pollution, ed. Krugman: One of the most obvious facts about the U.S.

2015 158