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2017 ENV Section Track Sessions

  • Where are we and where are we headed on Ecosystem Service Valuation?
  • Climate Data and Climate Change Impacts
  • Reassessment of the Effectiveness of the Renewable Fuel Standard
  • Behavioral Economics Applications to Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Water Quality Degradation and Market-Based Solutions

2016 ENV Section Track Sessions

  • Effectiveness of the Clean Power Plan in the United States
  • Environmental Effects of Shale Gas Fracking
  • Climate Risk and Uncertainty
  • Market and Public Policy Response to Pollinator Losses

2015 Annual Meeting ENV Section Track Sessions

SESSION 1: Tradable Permits
Session Organizer: Matthew A. Freeman

This session will comprise of presentations detailing the use, various aspects, and evolution of tradable permits in environmental and natural resource economics.  Presentations will relate to a variety of topics:  air, water, and fisheries. Discussion regarding the implementation and challenges surrounding tradable permits should ensue.

Presentation 1: “Designing Cap and Trade to Correct for Non-Additional Offsets” by Rich Woodward, Brian C. Murray, and Jonah M. Busch

Presentation 2: “When the Levee Breaks:  Linking Markets to Improve Trading Program Participation and Performance” by Richard Horan and Carson Reeling

Presentation 3: “Tradable Permits for Agricultural Groundwater Management” by Nicholas Brozovic

Presentation 4: “On the Impossibility of Water-Quality Trading” by Jay Coggins

 

SESSION 2: Challenges in Non-Market Valuation and Techniques to Address Them
Session Organizer: Matthew Interis

Four papers examining challenges to the accurate estimation of non-market values and exploring techniques to address them.

Presentation 1: “Designing Policy Incentives for Cleaner Technology: Lessons from California’s Plug-in Electric Vehicle” By Richard Carson, J.R. DeShazo and Tamara L. Sheldon

Presentation 2: “A structural approach to health and environmental valuation” by H. Allen Klaiber

Presentation 3: “Modelling Recreation Behavior of Bird Watchers with Data from a Citizen Science Project” by Trudy Ann Cameron and Sonja Kolstoe

Presentation 4: “Off-Road Vehicles, Endangered Species and Beach Closures at Cape Hatteras National Seashore” by Roger von Haefen, Steven J. Dundas and Carol Mansfield

 

SESSION 3: Natural Hazard Adaptation, Resilience and Green Infrastructure
Session Organizer: Rob Johnston

States and communities must increasingly adapt to the hazards of a variable and changing climate.  Green infrastructure is often promoted as a means to enhance resilience while providing additional benefits such as storm water management, natural habitat, and recreational opportunities.  Yet adaptation decisions are often made with minimal information on the benefits, costs and tradeoffs associated with different types of natural hazards or the use of green versus engineered infrastructure. Available information frequently confounds hazard and amenity effects.  Papers in this AAEA/ENV Track Session address methodological and empirical issues related to the benefits and costs of natural hazard adaptation and the role of green infrastructure as a tool for environmental management.  Papers emphasize approaches that disentangle confounding benefits and costs and provide actionable policy guidance.

Presentation 1: “Riparian Buffer Restoration and Green Infrastructure in the Johnson Creek Watershed, Oregon” by Noelwah Netusil, Maya Jarrad, Anita T. Morzillo and Klaus Moeltner

Presentation 2: “Defending the Shoreline: A Duration Model of Beach Re-Nourishment” by Sathya Gopalakrishnan and Yun Qiu

Presentation 3: “Nonparametric Matching to Pre-Process Housing Data:  Estimating Coastal Hazard Effects in New England Communities” by Klaus Moeltner, Christine Blinn and Robert J. Johnston

Presentation 4: “Disentangling Values for the Methods and Outcomes of Hazard Adaptation: Tradeoffs Between Natural and Engineered Coastal Defenses” by Robert J. Johnston, Christos Makriyannis and Adam W. Whelchel

 

SESSION 4: Agricultural Conservation and Land Use Change: Experimental and econometric investigations of behavior and policy
Session Organizers: Kathleen Bell and Ben Gramig

Agricultural land use decisions and adoption of conservation practices are influenced by markets and public policies. This session brings together three studies that use publicly available data and data from field experiments conducted in different states and across different spatial scales to increase understanding of the types of land use conversions that are occurring and behavioral responses to framing conservation practices in different ways. Novel research designs are employed to investigate the source of land brought into production and out of the Conservation Reserve Program, the role of crop insurance programs in determining farmers’ planting decisions in the Corn Belt, and how cash incentives and cost-sharing influence voluntary adoption of conservation practices. The session will be of interest to the broader AAEA membership given the linkages to agricultural policy, experimental and behavioral economics and applied econometrics.

Presentation 1: “Cropland Acreage Response to Price: Challenges from Data Measurement Errors and Government Programs” by Nathan P. Hendricks and Emrah Er

Presentation 2: “Impacts of Changes in Federal Crop Insurance Programs on Land Use and Environmental Quality” by Christian Langpap, JunJie Wu, Roger Claassen and Jeffrey Savage

Presentation 3: “Using Field Experiments to Improve Conservation Program Performance” by Kent Messer

2014 Business Meeting minutes