We empirical economists get very excited about finding or generating new data sets. There are big returns to splicing together different data sources to answer new and interesting questions. This … Continue Reading Your tax dollars hard at work. EIA’s new data portals.
It just doesn’t add up. Why I think not building Keystone XL will likely leave a billion barrels worth of bitumen in the ground.
I am not a fan of blanket statements. Whenever oil sands come up in casual conversation, many of my economist friends argue that “the stuff will come out of the … Continue Reading It just doesn’t add up. Why I think not building Keystone XL will likely leave a billion barrels worth of bitumen in the ground.
Why do kids like to go to birthday parties? Because there is lots of sugar and other kids. Academic economists are not that different. Energy economics has attracted a lot … Continue Reading Why the cool kids are flocking to energy and not water economics
Greece is currently in one of the worst recessions in post war history and incomes are down across the board. Air pollution levels, however, are at their worst levels in … Continue Reading Slutsky strikes again: Greece’s air pollution problem
Rob Stavins (Harvard) and Richard Newell (Duke) put together a most excellent workshop, which brought together one possible all-star team of energy economists to discuss the energy efficiency gap (the … Continue Reading Learning by using
Blogging is much harder when all government websites I rely on for my morning entertainment are shut down. This past week, mostly due to a few inquiries from reporters, I … Continue Reading Leaking Pet Coke
Econometricians and Hollywood producers have one thing in common: We make a living pitching cool counterfactuals. My whip smart (and recently tenured) colleague Michael Anderson has a new paper which … Continue Reading Valuing public transportation systems