Report

Integrating Adaptive Management and Ecosystem Services Concepts to Improve Natural Resource Management: Challenges and Opportunities

May 7, 2018 | Rebecca Epanchin-Niell, James W. Boyd, Molly K. Macauley, Lynn Scarlett, Carl D. Shapiro, Byron K. Williams | 62 pp.
This report explores how ecosystem services can be moved from concept into practice through connection to a decision framework—adaptive management—that accounts for inherent uncertainties.
Ecosystems
Report

The 2016 Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control Rule: Should It Stay or Should It Go?

May 3, 2018 | Alan J. Krupnick, Isabel Echarte | 24 pp.
As part of a series examining US oil and gas sector regulations, this report analyzes the cost and benefits of repealing or modifying a safety rule for offshore drilling activity under several scenarios.
Energy and Electricity
Blog Post

Using Economic Analysis to Address Invasive Species Threats

May 3, 2018 | Michael Zwirn
How can economics help advance understanding of the costs and effectiveness of various approaches to managing invasive pests?
Ecosystems
Working Paper

Changing Baselines, Shifting Margins: How Predicted Impacts of Pricing Carbon in the Electricity Sector Have Evolved Over Time

Mar 31, 2018 | Karen L. Palmer, Anthony Paul, Amelia Keyes | 23 pp.
Our analysis suggests that emissions reductions in the US electricity sector have become less expensive than previously thought, and emissions reduction goals can be achieved at lower cost.
Climate Change Energy and Electricity
Working Paper

What’s in a Name? A Systematic Search for Alternatives to “Value of Statistical Life”

Apr 26, 2018 | Chris Dockins, Kelly Maguire, Steve Newbold, Nathalie B. Simon, Alan J. Krupnick, Laura O. Taylor | 33 pp.
We describe evidence from focus groups and a formal ranking exercise to gauge the preferences for and acceptance of alternative terms for the “value of statistical life”—the concept of trading off money and small reductions in mortality risks.
Environmental Economics Topics
Report

Global Energy Outlooks Comparison Methods: 2018 Update

Apr 26, 2018 | Richard G. Newell, Stuart Iler, Daniel Raimi | 21 pp.
This report describes the methodology for harmonizing multiple long-term energy outlooks and creates harmonized projection data for the IEA, OPEC, US EIA, ExxonMobil, and BP.
Energy and Electricity
Working Paper

Environmental Policy, Full-Employment Models, and Employment: A Critical Analysis

Apr 26, 2018 | Marc Hafstead, Roberton C. Williams III, Yunguang Chen | 34 pp.
Full-employment models are often used to predict the labor-market effects of environmental policy. Here, we compare these predictions to those from a new model that incorporates key labor market details, including unemployment and job search.
Environmental Economics Topics
Blog Post

Funding Conservation: Contrasting Approaches in Federal Programs

Apr 24, 2018 | Margaret A. Walls
The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act is up for reauthorization, which gives Congress the opportunity to put this important source of funding for state and local parks on solid financial footing.
Land Use
Journal Article

The Role of Subjective Risk Perceptions in Shaping Coastal Development Dynamics

Apr 13, 2018 | Nicholas Magliocca, Margaret A. Walls
Risk and Uncertainty
Blog Post

Decarbonization: It Ain’t That Easy

Apr 20, 2018 | Daniel Raimi, Alan J. Krupnick
Unlike in Paul Krugman’s op-ed in the New York Times, economics, not the fossil fuel industry, is primarily making decarbonization difficult.
Climate Change Energy and Electricity