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Traffic Congestion in Beijing: Lessons from Singapore
The NY Times reports about Beijing's use of a vehicle registration lottery to attempt to reduce traffic congestion in Beijing.   Since such lotteries do not raise the marginal cost of driving at congested rush hour times, they will not reduce road congestio...
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Some Simple Natural Resource Economics Applied to China's Extraction of Reef Natural Capital
Andrew Browne has written a fascinating piece in the WSJ sketching a new tragedy of the commons such that China is using its military muscle to harvest valuable resources in disputed waters in the South China Sea. Mr. Browne tells a story that the powerful ...
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USC Economics Hires Five New Faculty
I've joined an ambitious institution.   It is clear to me that USC aspires to be "Stanford South".  I respect that goal.  As the new academic year starts in 4 years, USC Economics welcomes five new faculty (including myself).  Here are some details. David Z...
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Some Urban Economics of Infrastructure Investment
The NY Times reports that the Democratic Party seeks a winning issue.   Some argue that "infrastructure" could be that issue.  Why?  Such bricks and mortar would create American jobs and it would build up our capital stock and presumably this would foster l...
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Why the Clinton Campaign Won't Speak About Carbon Taxes
The NY Times published a piece two weeks ago making the well known points that economists endorse carbon pricing but the leading Democrats are not willing to talk endorsing such  a policy.  One leading economist offers the quote: " “But it’s not surprising,...
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The "Jobs versus Protecting the Environment" Debate Taking Place Both in the United States and China
My new book China's urban environmental challenges isn't selling.  I'd like to believe that the main reason for this is due to the coverage of the Presidential Election and the continuing terrorist attacks and troubles in regions around the world.   Here is...
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Can NYC Handle the Heat?
In 2016, we are finally allowed to talk about urban resilience to climate change.  As I have argued for 8 years now, richer cities can "take a punch".  Go visit Singapore to see proof.  T he NY Times writes a "city section" piece that the recent week of ext...
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The High Cost of Free Entry: The Case of the Blogging and Tweeting Economists
Mark Thoma's recent piece caused me to briefly think.  He writes about why he started blogging.   I started blogging to help market my academic work.   Think back 25 to 50 years ago when there was no email, tweets or blogs.  A few elite economists wrote for...
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Tweets and blogs accelerate public debate - a net good.
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A Mincer Wage Regression Using Federal Employee data from 1998 to 2014
Jacob Mincer was a great labor economist at Columbia University. We were colleagues together in the 1990s.  He didn't think I was funny but he was very kind to me and to Dora.   Here is a Mincer Regression that I doubt he ever ran.  I take Federal Employee ...
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Climate Change Risk vs. Terrorism Risk
Secretary John Kerry made an interesting claim as he equates the risk from terrorism and climate change.   While I understand why he said this, I disagree with him.  I have published a paper on this topic.   In my paper, I argue that Mother Nature is not a ...
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Celebrating the Career of Economics Professor Chip Case
I was very sorry to learn that Chip Case recently passed away.   I work at the intersection of environmental and urban economics.   In 2016,  environmental economics is a young person's field.  I am one of the "graybeards" in this area.   In urban economics...
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Some Climate Change Adaptation Algebra
I'm in Bozeman, Montana.  While there are 40,000 people in this city. I see a lot of open space.  Google taught me that Montana has 380,000 square kilometers of land.  Suppose that 50% of that can be built upon.  Suppose we built up at Hong Kong's density o...
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  • UCLA
    Professor of Economics, present
  • Columbia, Tufts, Harvard, Stanford
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I am an environmental and urban economist. You should read my blog at greeneconomics.blogspot.com.   Right now most of my research focuses on the economics of climate change. 
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  • Hamilton, LSE, University of Chicago
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