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. "  International Review of Economics Education  9, no.

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Community-based economic research

Environmental Economics

Some context for the  tool picture  from the local paper: Since 2008, students in Whitehead's classes have participated in community-based research through the university's Appalachian and Community Together Office, which links university classes with local nonprofit agencies. Recent research subjects have included Mountain Home Music concert series, the annual 100-mile bike ride, Blood, Sweat and Gears and, most recently, the annual Valle Country Fair.

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Field research

Environmental Economics

I hiked the Crabtree Falls loop with the youngest daughter of environmental economics (ydee) on Friday. The Falls were very crowded but if you actually do the 1.7 miles of the 2.5 mile loop (instead of heading back the way you came), you are all alone.

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Lea Kosnik: "Academic Economics Research and Public Policy Measures"

Environmental Economics

Lea Kosnik: This paper investigates whether academic research attention to certain policy-related measures (including gross domestic product, unemployment, and inflation) is correlated with empirical measurements of the measures themselves. Contemporary Economic Policy, 34: 190–202.

"Economics seniors present at Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium"

Environmental Economics

From last Fall semester : Appalachian State University seniors Alaina Doyle and Anthony Santelle traveled to Campbell University November 4 to present their research at the  State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium  (SNCURCS).  Both Doyle and Santelle are earning a  Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics  through the Walker College of Business. 

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Community-based faculty/student economic research

Environmental Economics

If that includes you, I've updated by community-based research page: “Community-based research is a unique form of learning at Appalachian that directly collaborates with the community to answer questions and solve problems.”. A lot of people ask me what I've been up to for the past several years*.

Undergraduate research

Environmental Economics

I had some great conversations, heard some super-interesting papers, and generally got re-invigorated, not just about teaching but about economics. Some random thoughts, just to get them out of my brain: In the Thursday plenary, Thomas Nechyba talked about re-organizing the curriculum to make it easier to encourage and support undergraduate research. Each student writes their own research paper and presents it to their peers.

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Nature is hiring an environmental economics editor

Environmental Economics

Central to this role will be determining how economics-based research is represented in our pages, particularly as it applies in the spheres of environmental, climate, ecological and energy sciences.

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Challenges of Natural Resource Economics and Policy | 5th National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems

Environmental Economics

It is the sort of conference where an economics paper focuses more on the economics than the statistics. Challenges of Natural Resource Economics and Policy 5th National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems March 20-22, 2016 • New Orleans, LA • Royal Sonesta Hotel. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Economics and policy of climate adaptation. Economics of fisheries access and allocation. This is a great conference.

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More than 125 years of encouraging economic research

Environmental Economics

From the inbox: Dear Colleague, We appreciate having you as a member of the American Economic Association, and are disappointed that you have let your membership expire*. 1) I am no longer interested in following economics research.

The economic value of an economics major.

Environmental Economics

measurement may become more difficult: When  research in 2011  showed that workers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics earned a premium of 25 percent over other workers and have just a 5.5-percent unemployment rate, it reinforced strong economic incentives to get more people into those STEM fields. But research like that might soon become more difficult to conduct. "Why it Pays to Major in Economics."

Appstate economics propoganda

Environmental Economics

I'm posting this in an effort to get the HRMs at EconJobRumors to think of Appalachian Podunk State as something other than a best redneck  department or a place where the biggest incentive to publish is so you can leave: Appalachian State University’s Department of Economics has one of the world’s top programs in the fields of experimental economics and environmental economics, according to a prestigious worldwide organization that disseminates economics research.

Research experience for undergraduates

Environmental Economics

There will be an AERE-sponsored session on this topic at the Southern Economic Association meetings in November. Here From the introduction to volume 1 of the Journal of Environmental and Resource Economics at Colby by the editor,  Sahan T. Dissanayake : Welcome to the first issue of the Journal of Environmental and Resource Economics at Colby (JEREC), an open access peer-reviewed journal publishing articles authored and peer reviewed by undergraduate students.

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Research project for the large classroom

Environmental Economics

I organized a "research experience for undergraduates" session at the SEA meetings this year. I was inspired to include some sort of research activity in any and all classes I teach. I had to figure out how to implement a research project in a large classroom.

Field Research--Invasive species

Environmental Economics

  So uopn my return to snowy Ohio, I looked up the Marine Park website and saw this: Economic costs from invasive species can occur through loss of. When economic costs.

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EPA: Current environmental economics topics

Environmental Economics

From the EPA's environmental economics webpage : Economic analysis plays a central role in informing EPA decision-making.

"MARINE RESOURCE ECONOMICS ANNOUNCES NEW CASE STUDIES SECTION"

Environmental Economics

Case studies play a valuable role in the development of our understanding of effective marine resource governance, yet they are underrepresented in the economics literature. Abbott,  Marine Resource Economics  editor.

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New editor at Land Economics

Environmental Economics

Bromley assumed the editorship of  Land Economics  in 1974, the journal had just celebrated fifty years of continuous publication. Bromley is the Anderson-Bascom Professor (Emeritus) of Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and recipient of the 2011  Reimar Lüst Prize  from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Now, forty-four years later, as  Land Economics  approaches its centennial, Bromley will pass the baton to Daniel J.

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eBird Economics: How Much Would You Pay to See Birds?

10,000 Birds

The economic “impact” of a birding festival can be estimated by looking at expenditures of attendees ( e.g., hotel rooms, meals, souvenirs, transportation costs, etc.). I emailed the authors and asked about their research and their use of eBird data. Birding eBird economics

A blog post on the European Economic Association survey of research misconduct

Environmental Economics

Retraction Watch : The author of a paper on how often economists commit misconduct that we covered last month writes about it for a London School of Economics’ blog. This is a much better summary than  my post from July 8

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Does income inequality cause decreased economic growth?

Environmental Economics

  I'm not going to go into a lot of detail here, as I still have a lot of thinking to do, but I did want to show you a little of my initial 'research.' ' One of Reich's basic premises in Inequality for All is that income inequality causes decreased economic growth. 

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Environmental economics in the AER

Environmental Economics

"  American Economic Review , 105(2): 678-709. Applying a research design based on the openings and closings of 1,600 industrial plants to rich data on housing markets and infant health, we find that: toxic air emissions affect air quality only within 1 mile of the plant; plant openings lead to 11 percent declines in housing values within 0.5 Always a surprise: Currie, Janet, Lucas Davis, Michael Greenstone, and Reed Walker. 2015. "Environmental

Environmental Economics: YES!

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?

Teaching and research are complements, not substitutes

Environmental Economics

Most professors at most universities conduct research in their field. Some of this research advances knowledge in important ways (and is the stuff that fills up textbooks, by the way) and some  not so much. For most professors, the act of engaging in research makes them better teachers. For example, I'm sure I could teach micro principles and do a halfway decent job without conducting any research on the side (or teach "out of the book" in macro principles).

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World Cup economics

Environmental Economics

However, analysts warn that the World Cup likely won’t provide any long-term economic stimulus, when the additional revenue won’t reach the levels needed to sway a $2.2 Brazilians aren’t all that impressed with the economic impact of the games, either. A mere 34% of Brazilians think the World Cup will create more jobs and boost the economy, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center.

Field Research: Water Conservation in California

Environmental Economics

  Then I observed the extent of the water shortage on the island:     Finally I observed the economic solution to the water shortage.  Spending a few days visiting family in Southern California.    Went to Catalina Island for the day today. 

Sherry Larkin describes the BP oil spill "economic loss research for the state of Florida" in the May AERE Newsletter

Environmental Economics

The AERE Newsletter is available here: [link

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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). In fact, it’s a pretty big deal, and a significant step toward fixing a major problem with scientific research.

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Regression, Economics and Theory-Crafting

Environmental Economics

When you sit down and read your average economics paper you generally know what's coming in terms of statistics.    I'm sure I'll get some comments mentioning Hal Varian's paper on machine learning and economics or Matthew Jackson's work with networks, but these seem to be exceptions rather than a trend.    Some of it is due to not having the data "all in one place," but that is what research assistants are for! 

Environmental Economics: Congratulations Jill!

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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"The economics of carbon taxes"

Environmental Economics

Roberton Williams of Resources for the Future began by highlighting three advantages that a carbon tax has over outright regulation, while AEI's Aparna Mathur explained the economic reasoning behind a theoretical tax on carbon to correct for externalities of pollution.

CSWEP tackles economics blogs

Environmental Economics

From the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession webpage : The Winter 2012 CSWEP Newsletter is now available online.    Jennifer Imazeki has organized terrific articles around the theme of Using Social Media in Economics.

"Economics professor presents findings at Resources for the Future seminar"

Environmental Economics

RFF is an independent, nonpartisan organization that conducts rigorous economic research and analysis to help leaders make better decisions and craft smarter policies about natural resources and the environment.

Environmental Economics: Rock snot*

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?

Ranking environmental and resource economics journals

Environmental Economics

I recently considered the problem of how to rank multidisciplinary journals along with economics journals. I downloaded the 2016 SJR data for 23,000+ journals in all disciplines and regressed the impact factor, SJR and h-index on the number of papers published in the past 3 years and whether 'economics' or 'economics and econometrics' was listed in the category column (with controls for journals published in Germany, the Netherlands, UK and US).

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Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act Symposium in Journal of Economic Perspectives

Environmental Economics

The most recent issue of the Journal of Economic Perspectives features a three-article symposium on the 50th anniversary of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. Fourth, economic research and teaching on water pollution are relatively uncommon.&

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Special Replication Issue of Energy Economics

Environmental Economics

John has posted a couple of times about replication in economics journal articles. Elsevier, who may be taking the lead in encouraging replication , is putting out a special issue on replication in Energy Economics :  In this special issue, we will particularly welcome two types of papers, without excluding other forms of replication (Clemens 2015). First, we would like to see replication of older but prominent research.

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"Sports Economics Now Has JEL Classification Codes"

Environmental Economics

Phil Miller: The American Economic Association now has JEL classification codes for Sports Economics and subareas within the field.  Here are the codes: Z2  - Sports Economics. In an email from Peter Von Allmen, the president of the North American Association of Sports Economists,  even though the codes will not be up on the AEA website for awhile, researchers can begin using these codes immediately to classify their research.

Environmental Economics: uFollow

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?

Environmental Economics: Today's description of environmental and.

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?

"Journals, Preferences, and Publishing in Agricultural and Environmental Economics"

Environmental Economics

Lusk in AJAE: Research quality is an increasingly important metric for determining funding allocations, promotion and tenure, and professional prestige. A key metric often used as a proxy for research quality is the ranking of the journal in which a manuscript appears.

Happy 10 year anniversary to the environmental economics blog (sniff)!

Environmental Economics

Here is our first post 10 years ago today: John Whitehead and Tim Haab are excited to announce the launch of ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS. ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS can be found at www.env-econ.net. Summaries of recent research findings. Research notes, comments, replies.

The "External Environmental Economics Advisory Committee (E-EEAC)"

Environmental Economics

Take that Scott Pruitt:  The External Environmental Economics Advisory Committee (E-EEAC) is an independent organization dedicated to providing up-to-date, non-partisan advice on the state of economic science as it relates to the U.S. The members of the E-EEAC believe that, despite the retirement of the internal committee, advances in economic research remain crucial to achieving welfare-enhancing environmental policies.

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