Monday, April 4, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011


Please comment before 8am Thursday morning. Try to focus on a particular policy or aspect you find most intriguing.

Toward a New National Energy Policy: Assessing the Options

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Thursday, March 3, 2011

People you should get to know

Dan Schrag at Harvard

Mark Jacobson at Stanford

Dan Kammen at UC

The Energy Group at MIT

Remember, you don't have to read everything and understand everything these folks are working on - but I think its important to try.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Gas Prices???

If you think gas is expensive today, you would have hated 1918.

Inflation adjusted gas prices

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Here are two articles from resources for the future looking at the link between certification and environmental outcomes. We will not discuss them in class, as I would like to use tomorrow's class time to review for the midterm. However, if you would like to talk about these outside of class I am happy to do so anytime.


Allen Blackman and Maria A. Naranjo 1

Allen Blackman and Maria A. Naranjo 2

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Show Me the Money

Please comment before 8 am (5am pst)Thursday morning - Article for thursday

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A couple of CEOs on Energy

Yesterday, in class, I mentioned Jeff Immelt. Here is a piece from a few years ago - Immelt.

Here is another one from today's Fortune online. This time it is Fred Smith of FedEx.

So what are we waiting for???????

Interesting FishTale

This article is a great read for anyone interested in fisheries management.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

Absolute Must Reads

There is no way anyone should teach a course on environmental economics and not assign these papers by Garrett Hardin and John Krutilla.


Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Problem of Social Cost

There are lots of interpretations of Coase out there - including, but not limited to, Kahn (your textbook author) chapter 3, Haab, and Friedman.

I figure, let's read it ourselves - The Problem of Social Cost.

What do you think he was trying to say?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Stavins for Thursday

Please read and comment by 8am Thursday.

The Myth of the Universal Market

The Myth of Simple Market Solutions

One last Myth

First blogging assignment

Please answer these questions by 8am Thursday.

1) Why are you taking this course?
2) What do you bring to the class?
3) Is there something specific you hope to learn?

Welcome to Economics 255

Good morning. This site will serve as the class blog. I will post articles from time to time and expect you to read them and comment before the next class meeting. Additionally, any outside readings will be posted here (also linked on the course homepage) - you are expected to comment on all outside readings before class.

Take a look at previous entries for examples.