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The application of economics to issues in the natural environment; especially concerning climate change.

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How does fuel tankering save airlines money

The aviation industry practice of fuel-tankering has been in the news recently. As the BBC describes it: "planes are filled with extra fuel, usually to avoid paying higher prices for refuelling at ...
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Does recycling lead to fewer jobs?

Say I buy a glass bottle, I can either put it in the landfill or recycle it. My understanding is, glass will breakdown into sand. (Not sure how well though, since we sometimes find glass from Roman ...
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Socio-Economic Consequences of Nation-Wide Vegan Diet

An advice I often hear regarding our environmental impact is to 'stop consuming meat and dairy products'. This is stated as the number one way to reduce your ecological footprint, according to ...
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Public Bads and Non-Excludability

The term "public bad" is sometimes used for "goods" which, like public goods, are non-excludable and non-rival, but which tend to lower rather than raise welfare. Air pollution is an example. For a ...
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What is the most accessible work of Herman Daly?

I am an undergrad with limited experience in the fields of economics and ecology, and having recently discovered the work of the celebrated economist Herman Daly, who has been writing for decades ...
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Papers on International Trade and Environment

everyone. As a requirement to get my bachelor's in economics, I have to write a paper. The theme I picked is something along the lines of "the impact of environmental crimes and regulation on ...
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Impact of vegetarianism on the meat industries

My main goal is to get rid of mass husbandry and the environmental impact of industrial meat production. My question is: Is it better to abandon meat from my diet completely or to endorse eco-riendly ...
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Policy to maintain cleanliness

In countries where littering is a problem and the regulations and rules alone cannot give the desired effect due to vary high population,large surface area,etc.. ,will it be effective if the ...
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International emissions trading

As far as I have understood emission right certificates are some kind of currency. Each company may emit as much of say CO2 as its certificates allow. Certificates may be traded, i.e. bought and sold. ...
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Sources on Border Carbon Adjustment

A large number of US economists have signed a Statement on Carbon Dividends, advocating a revenue neutral carbon tax as the best policy measure to reduce carbon emissions and so mitigate climate ...
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derivation of pigou taxes in multiple polluter case

I can`t quite wrap my head around one step in deriving the pigou tax in a multiple polluter case. There are j firms, which produce joint product in amount of $k_j$. Joint product can be abated, ...
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Urgent answer needed! [closed]

I am currently studying in 12th. We have a subject called EVS - Environmental Studies. So as usual, we have to do projects. I chose "Bad effects of Plastic". In the project book I have to write that ...
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A maximization program expressed by per capita variales - Ramsey model

I have a problem to be maximized with the following program $$max\int_{0}^{\infty}\left\{ u\left(C\right)+\beta S^{\chi}\right\} e^{-\rho t}dt$$ s.t $$\dot{K}=AK-C$$ $$\dot{S}=\left(1-S\right)S-\...
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Command and control policy approach graph

I'm unsure why a command and control policy approach to pollution will still have a dead weight loss? What happens with it/ or what does the government do about it if anything?
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Universal carbon price

To pre-face this, I am not an economist by education. Recently I have read a significant number of policy papers concerning climate change that make the claim, a priori, that a universal carbon price ...
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Economic valuation of green spaces using GIS

I was wondering if there are any standard methods that are employed to obtain insight of the economic value of tree cover in a particular area. I assumed using negative difference vegetation index ...
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Recycling credits

My textbook says that sometimes producers are responsible for ensuring that their product is recycled. They are required to buy "credits" from firms that recycle their type of product. It says that ...
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A growth model with regime switch

I have a very general question. I am reading this paper : http://www.webmeets.com/files/papers/eaere/2015/177/Discounting-HelsinkiBlind.pdf There is a catastrophic event probability and after the ...
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Is undervaluing environmental impact a subsidy?

This is in relation to a recent question on skeptics which to me seems to broil down to whether you accept that form of accounting, i.e. consider undervaluing environmental impact a hidden subsidy. ...
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Best strategy to incentivise third party investment

How can governments incentivise NGOs and economic consulting firms to invest in national reserve conservation? I guess this would be more political, but what are the more economic aspects of trying to ...
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Reference request about econometric analysis of Environmental Kuznets curve

I could not find from where to learn the application of Econometrics on data analysis relating to environmental Kuznets curve. Are there any books or articles which talk about the above?
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Dynamic Optimization : Resource Stock as a Sink

I think about a dynamic problem where social planner maximizes the following utility ; $$\underset{c\left(t\right)}{max}\int_{0}^{\infty}u\left(c\left(t\right)\right)e^{-\rho t}$$ subject to two ...
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Economics in nature?

Unsure if this is off topic but have there been any attempts to look at the "economics of nature"? I mean this in the sense of measuring the "economic activities" of the animal kingdom. From ...
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Cannot reproduce paper result on Boston Housing

I have been trying to reproduce the results for "Hedonic Housing Prices and the Demand for Clean Air" but to no avail thus far. In table 7 there are three regressions mentioned using the Boston data ...
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What is Natural Capital?

"European movements for degrowth, decroissance, are rooted in the idea that the perpetual growth assumption built into modern economics fails to take into account the depletion of natural capital. ...
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What is the relation among “welfare economics”, “institutional economics”, “environmental economics” and “neoclassical economics”

I'm doing research about environmental economics, being myself a beginner in the subject. I got confused with the branches and subdivisions of the schools of thought. Is environmental economics a ...
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Accounting for Fixed Effects

I am an undergraduate student working on environmental economics research. The econometric specification I am using is the following: ln(Per.Capita.Dollars) = ln(Per.Capita.Dollars.lag) + Average....
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Limits to Growth: Is environmental collapse by 2030 a likely scenerio?

According to the a simulation from 1972, the results of which were published in 'The Limits to Growth' environmental collapse is due mid 21st century. The Guardian reports that Dr. Graham Turner reran ...
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Reference Request: Cost Benefit Analysis of Conversion of Undeveloped Land for Housing

London is surrounded by a "green belt", a large area which government policy has protected from housing development. The current high cost of housing in London has led some to advocate a selective ...
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Has the “dismal theorem” practical implications?

The so-called "dismal theorem" asserts that we do not appropriately account for catastrophic scenarios which have very small probability of occurrence. It has been studied in details by Martin's ...
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Is the international economic system too chaotic to “work towards” carbon emission reduction

I often get frustrated when I read calls to action on climate change. It goes something like this: "Solutions are within reach - but we must act now!" If one assumes that the international ...
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List of behavioral economists [closed]

Even though there is a massive literature on behavioral economics, i couldn't find anywhere a list of economist that focus on that discipline. Since i am interested in environmental economics, i ...
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MDF/MAC emissions and policies

Bear with me - this is a long question. But I did do few of the parts, but I'm posting it because it seems necessary that you know what I previously did. Sorry for the "length"! Answers are given in ...
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Is a strong foundation in advanced microeconomic theory essential to study environmental economics at the graduate level?

Advanced theory of individual economic behaviour in production, consumption, and general equilibrium. Are these topics useful to study environmental economics a the graduate level, or is there not a ...
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Effectiveness of recycling (consumer PET) plastic

Is recycling plastic, all things considered, efficient as compared to disposing of them and making new plastic? I'm looking in efficiency rates in free market environment and also full process of ...
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Is ongoing economic growth possible without additional non-renewable inputs?

Can ongoing economic growth occur without use of additional non-renewable inputs? That is, any additional inputs would only be from renewable resources: all non-renewable resources would be reused, ...
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Indirect Impacts Of The Netherlands Cutting Greenhouse Emissions?

On 24 June 2015, the Dutch District Court in The Hague ruled that the government must put policies in place to deliver, by 2020, cuts in the country's greenhouse gas emissions of at least 25%, ...
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Data: Attitude towards global warming

I'm interested in data that reveals public opinion towards global warming in the US. It'd be best to have a time dimension to it, but I'm interested in data from around the year 2000. Since it is ...
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Adjusting GDP for Environmental and Resource Impacts

It is widely recognised that GDP as conventionally measured does not reflect an economy’s impact on the environment and its consumption of natural resources. There have been various attempts to ...
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Could a Cap-and-Trade and a Carbon Tax both work together as a system to reduce carbon emissions?

For example, the European Union currently has a Carbon Emissions Trading Scheme in progress the ETS which acts to cap the amount of carbon dioxide released by large corporations. However, let us ...
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Are Parameter Estimates Unbiased If the Dependent Variable is a Per Capita Rate Based on Approximate Population Data?

Suppose we want to estimate a model: $Y_i = \beta_0 + \beta_1X_i + \epsilon_i\tag{1}$ where the $Y_i$ are averages or rates per capita for geographical regions or zones, so that if $Z_i$ is the ...
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Generalization of the Heckscher-Ohlin Model

The Heckscher-Ohlin Model is normally presented for the case of 2 countries, 2 factors of production and 2 traded goods, leading to statements that, subject to free trade and various other assumptions:...
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Macroeconomic formulas for global limited raw material economy exist?

Macroeconomics basic formulas are referring to a model in which the raw material are unlimited. Also the efficiency of production is a consequence of the pressure done by consumers (that buy the most ...
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What is William Nordhaus' contribution to the economics of climate change?

I'm trying to understand more about the economic repercussions of climate change. I'm unfamiliar with the specifics of the work of William Nordhaus, but it's been predicted in several instances that ...
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What models exists for explaining the price of nonrenewable resources?

It seems to me that the seminal model for the price of nonrenewable resources is Hotelling's rule. However, as the Wikipedia article describes, Hotelling's rule has empirically performed poorly. I ...
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Does Abatement Cost Mean Cost of Reducing Emissions with Output Held Constant?

In the economics of pollution control, frequent reference is made to 'abatement cost' and/or 'marginal abatement cost'. Is it normally implicit in the use of these terms in economics that output is ...
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Empirical evidence on what makes a border adjustment successful at correcting a distortion without exporting externalities?

One of the challenges of constructing a national or regional market-correction scheme to remove the distortions from negative externalities, is that such a scheme is liable to create leakage: for ...
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Pricing a negative externality under high uncertainty and severe non-linearity

Take a negative externality such as excess greenhouse gas emissions. We know some awkward things about the economic cost of this externality: There is fairly large uncertainty about the timing of ...
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A market correction for an industry which has had long-run negative externalities

Take a market where there have been long-run negative externalities. That is to say, the negative externalities have been in place long enough to have played a part in the investment decisions for all ...