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The Drought Causes War Hypothesis: Evidence from Syria
This Slate article   drew my attention to a recent scholarly PNAS piece  .  Here is the PNAS article's abstract: "Before the Syrian uprising that began in 2011, the greater Fertile Crescent experienced the most severe drought in the instrumental record. For...
This Slate article  drew my attention to a recent scholarly PNAS piece .  Here is the PNAS article's abstract: "Before the Syrian uprising that began in 2011, the greater Fertile Crescent experienced the most severe drought i...
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China Invests in Improving its Environmental Governance
My co-author Prof. Siqi Zheng teaches at Tsinghua University in Beijing.  Her University is one of the top schools in China and proudly calls itself the MIT of China.   Until recently, the President of her university was an energetic 51 years old named  Che...
My co-author Prof. Siqi Zheng teaches at Tsinghua University in Beijing.  Her University is one of the top schools in China and proudly calls itself the MIT of China.   Until recently, the President of her university was an e...
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House of Cards Season 3: Where Are the Economists?
I have watched the first 4 episodes of Season Three of House of Cards.  I have seen the smooth Russian Putin dance with the First Lady and break the heart of Frank Underwood.  I have seen tough younger women and a distinguished Hispanic Republican seek to w...
I have watched the first 4 episodes of Season Three of House of Cards.  I have seen the smooth Russian Putin dance with the First Lady and break the heart of Frank Underwood.  I have seen tough younger women and a distinguish...
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Different Cities Cope with Chinese Tourists and Doctors Bowling with Ebola Symptoms
In the year 2015, our cities are increasingly safe, clean and green.  Yet, the NY Times points out  new challenges that cities around the world now face.    Example #1 is Jeju, South Korea.  T his article sketches the recent trend that large numbers of weal...
In the year 2015, our cities are increasingly safe, clean and green.  Yet, the NY Times points out  new challenges that cities around the world now face.    Example #1 is Jeju, South Korea.  This article sketches the recent t...
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Why Isn't the USA an Energy Research Leader?
The NY Times asks a good question related to basic energy research.  Given that the world needs cheap, green energy,  why aren't more US top research nerds working on this topic?  Part of the answer is related to our global endowments of fossil fuels, incre...
The NY Times asks a good question related to basic energy research.  Given that the world needs cheap, green energy,  why aren't more US top research nerds working on this topic?  Part of the answer is related to our global e...
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Micro Apartments in NYC
I learned a piece of algebra recently.  Did you know that rent per month = ($/sqft)*sqft?     Where "sqft" = square feet of the apartment and $/sqft = price per square foot.  In major coastal cities,  price per square foot continues to rise.   This is cause...
I learned a piece of algebra recently.  Did you know that rent per month = ($/sqft)*sqft?     Where "sqft" = square feet of the apartment and $/sqft = price per square foot.  In major coastal cities,  price per square foot co...
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The Economics of Ph.D. Students Forming Unions
When I taught at Columbia University in the early 1990s, I wondered about our Ph.D. program.  Yes, we were an Ivy League School but at that time Columbia Econ's senior faculty focused on a narrow set of topics such as International Trade.  I also wondered a...
When I taught at Columbia University in the early 1990s, I wondered about our Ph.D. program.  Yes, we were an Ivy League School but at that time Columbia Econ's senior faculty focused on a narrow set of topics such as Interna...
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LA Beach Communities and Oil Drilling
I own a property in the beach community of Carpinteria, California close to Santa Barbara.   From the deck of my condo, I can see the Pacific Ocean and I can see oil rigs out in the distance.  Here is a typical photo. The NY Times r eports that Hermosa Beac...
I own a property in the beach community of Carpinteria, California close to Santa Barbara.   From the deck of my condo, I can see the Pacific Ocean and I can see oil rigs out in the distance.  Here is a typical photo. The NY...
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Some Recent Comments on the NY Times Webpage
For those professors starting to write economics final exams, I suggest that you post the following two comments that were posted on the NY Times webpage.  Ask your students for an evaluation of the logic behind each of them.  Each quote highlights that eco...
For those professors starting to write economics final exams, I suggest that you post the following two comments that were posted on the NY Times webpage.  Ask your students for an evaluation of the logic behind each of them...
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How Will the World Cup in Qatar Adapt to Climate Change?
The 2022 World Cup will played in Qatar.  T he NY Times reports that Qatar is hot during the summer.  Anticipating that soccer players are less productive running around in 115 degree heat for 90 minutes, there is now a proposal to move the World Cup to the...
The 2022 World Cup will played in Qatar.  The NY Times reports that Qatar is hot during the summer.  Anticipating that soccer players are less productive running around in 115 degree heat for 90 minutes, there is now a propos...
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Superbugs and Optimal Equipment Reuse
  The Times reports the sad  and scary case of the spread of a superbug as an invasive piece of medical equipment was used on multiple patients without being properly sterilized after each use.    Economic risk analysis can be used here to analyze the trade...
 The Times reports the sad  and scary case of the spread of a superbug as an invasive piece of medical equipment was used on multiple patients without being properly sterilized after each use.    Economic risk analysis can be...
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How Will NYC Adapt to Sea Level Rise?
Citylab reports s ome great stuff in this blog post.   Such information plays the same role as Paul Revere did a long time ago.  Now that we know that coastal Manhattan has a problem, the efficient markets hypothesis makes some testable predictions about ho...
Citylab reports some great stuff in this blog post.  Such information plays the same role as Paul Revere did a long time ago.  Now that we know that coastal Manhattan has a problem, the efficient markets hypothesis makes some...
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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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