Resources Article

Resources Magazine: 186

Apr 11, 2014



  • Do Driving Restrictions Reduce Congestion? Lessons from Beijing
    Ping Qin and Jintao Xu​
    A policy to restrict driving in Beijing has not made a significant impact on traffic congestion in the city, but it has shed light on how people react to these bans. A recent study of the rule breakers reveals some of the challenges facing such a policy.
  • Groundwater Markets: Managing a Critical, Hidden Resource
    Yusuke Kuwayama​
    Although 95 percent of usable freshwater comes from underground, withdrawals of this water are largely unmonitored and unregulated in the United States. By developing groundwater markets, governments can provide an incentive for more sustainable pumping of this critical resource.
  • Reflections on the Oil Shock of 40 Years Ago
    Joel Darmstadter
    A look back on the oil price shock of 1973–1974 produces a number of important lessons, from the increased resiliency that energy efficiency affords to the risks lurking behind the ideal of energy independence.
  • Money for Nothing: The Case for Eliminating US Fossil Fuel Subsidies
    Joseph E. Aldy​
    US oil, gas, and coal companies receive more than $4 billion in government subsidies every year through special tax provisions. In return, taxpayers see virtually no change in US fossil fuel production.
  • Lifting the Oil Export Ban: What Would It Mean for US Gasoline Prices?
    Stephen P.A. Brown and Charles F. Mason
    Lifting the 40-year ban on oil exports from the United States would boost crude oil production and improve the efficiency of global refinery operations—thereby lowering prices at the pump.
  • Private Funding of Public Parks: Assessing the Role of Philanthropy
    Margaret A. Walls​
    Private donations account for an increasingly large percentage of city parks’ revenue stream, but a new survey of park directors reveals a discrepancy between how this funding is used and the most pressing needs of today’s parks.