AREC 464
Economics of Policy Analysis

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Readings for Fall 2015

Week One
Loomis, J., & Helfand, G. E. (2001). Environmental policy analysis for decision making. Amsterdam,, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic. Chapter 1. What Is Policy Analysis, and What Is Its Role in the Policy Process?

Loomis, J., & Helfand, G. E. (2001). Environmental policy analysis for decision making. Amsterdam,, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic. Chapter 2. Scoping the Policy Analysis.

Penson, John, Oral Capps, C. Parr Rosson and Richard Woodward. Prentice Hall, Inc., 2006 Introduction to Agricultural Economics 4th edition. Chapter 8. Market Equilibrium and Product Price: Perfect Competition.

Alan Blinder, Mark Watson. The US economy performs better under Democratic presidents. Why? http://www.voxeu.org/ The Centre for Economic Policy Research. http://www.voxeu.org/article/us-economy-performs-better-under-democratic-presidents-why

Week Two
Loomis, J., & Helfand, G. E. (2001). Environmental policy analysis for decision making. Amsterdam,, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic. Chapter 5. Modeling.

Loomis, J., & Helfand, G. E. (2001). Environmental policy analysis for decision making. Amsterdam,, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic. Chapter 7. Principles of Benefit-Cost Analysis.

Stephen P. Holland, Erin T. Mansur, Nicholas Z. Muller, Andrew J. Yates. Analysing environmental benefits from driving electric vehicles. http://www.voxeu.org/. The Centre for Economic Policy Research. http://www.voxeu.org/article/measuring-environmental-benefits-electric-vehicles

Week Three
Penson, John, Oral Capps, C. Parr Rosson and Richard Woodward. Prentice Hall, Inc., 2006 Introduction to Agricultural Economics 4th edition. Chapter 16. International Agricultural Trade.

Penson, John, Oral Capps, C. Parr Rosson and Richard Woodward. Prentice Hall, Inc., 2006 Introduction to Agricultural Economics 4th edition. Chapter 19. AGricultural Trade Policy and Preferential Trading Arrangements.

Kramer, Andrew, “Russia, Crippled by Drought, Bans Grain Exports,” New York Times, August 5, 2010.

Sexton, S., Zilberman, D., Rajagopal, D., Hochman, G., Wesseler, J., & Scatasta, S. (2009). The role of biotechnology in a sustainable biofuel future. AgBioForum, 12(1), 130-140.

Krugman, P., 1993. “What do undergrads need to know about trade? American Economic Review 83 (2), 23–26.

Week Four
Loomis, J., & Helfand, G. E. (2001). Environmental policy analysis for decision making. Amsterdam,, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic. Chapter 8. Discounting Benefits and Costs Over Time.

Loomis, J., & Helfand, G. E. (2001). Environmental policy analysis for decision making. Amsterdam,, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic. Chapter 9. Valuation of Environmental Resources and Quality.

Week Five
Danzig, G.B. (1990). The Diet Problem. Interfaces, 20(4):43–47.

Stigler, G.J. (1945). The Cost of Subsistence. Journal of Farm Economics, 27(2):303–314.

Loomis, J., & Helfand, G. E. (2001). Environmental policy analysis for decision making. Amsterdam,, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic. Chapter 11. Optimization and Linear Programming.

Week Six
Sunding, D.L. (1996). Measuring the Marginal Cost of Nonuniform Environmental Regulations. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 78(November):1098–1107.

Yarkin,C., D. Sunding, D. Zilberman, and J. Siebert. (1945). Methyl Bromide Regulation: All Crops Should not Be Treated Equally. California Agriculture 48(3):10–15.

Week Seven
Falck-Zepeda, Jose Benjamin, Greg Traxler, and Robert G. Nelson. “Surplus distribution from the introduction of a biotechnology innovation.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 82, no. 2 (2000) 360–369.

Frisvold, G.B., Reeves, J.M. & Tronstad, R. (2006). “Bt cotton adoption in the United States and China: international trade and welfare effects.” AgBioForum9(2), 69–78.

Loomis, J., & Helfand, G. E. (2001). Environmental policy analysis for decision making. Amsterdam,, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic. Chapter 6. Statistical Analysis Using Regression.

Week Eight
Perrings, C., Williamson, M., Barbier, E. B., Delfino, D., Dalmazzone, S., Shogren, J., ... & Watkinson, A. (2002). Biological invasion risks and the public good: an economic perspective. Conservation Ecology, 6(1), 1.

Zielinski, Sarah. “The Curious World of Zombie Science,” smithsonian.com, April 18, 2011.

Munz, P., Hudea, I., Imad, J., & Smith, R. J. (2009). “When zombies attack!: mathematical modelling of an outbreak of zombie infection.” Infectious Disease Modelling Research Progress, 4, 133-150.

Week Nine
Loomis, J., & Helfand, G. E. (2001). Environmental policy analysis for decision making. Amsterdam,, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic. Chapter 10 Regional Economic Analysis, Input-Output Models and Multipliers.

Beattie, Bruce Uses and Abuses of Economic Multipliers
A Reprise
Arizona Review Volume 2, Issue 2, Fall 2004.

Carleton, Jim. One River’s Outsize Impact—and the Threat of Drought. The Colorado Supplies Economic Lifeline to Seven States but Its Future Is Threatened. Wall Street Journal, Jan. 14, 2015.

James, Tim, et al. (2014). “The Economic Importance of the Colorado River to the Basin Region.”

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. 2007. Colorado River Interim Guidelines for Lower Basin Shortages and Coordinated Operations for Lakes Powell and Mead. Appendix H: Socioeconomic Data.


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