Camp Resources 2009

Camp Resources XVI

Camp Resources XVI [schedule] was held on August 13 – 14, 2009
at the Asheville Renaissance Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina

Camp Resources 2009 included 20 research presentations and 8 research sketches by graduate students and young professionals from around the country, two invited research lectures and one invited policy lecture by leading scholars in environmental and research economics, and a tutorial on applying quasi-experimental approaches to environmental topics. The workshop was well-attended with a total of 65 participants.

Below you will find links to the presentations and papers (when available) for each of the sessions and invited lectures.

To receive announcements about future Camp Resources please contact Jack Crawley at or 919-513-3763.

Raj Chetty, Harvard University and NBER,
Sufficient Statistics for Welfare Analysis: A Bridge between Structural and Reduced-Form Methods

Robert O. Mendelsohn, Yale University
Climate Change and Agriculture

Roberton C. Williams III, University of Maryland,
University of Texas, Resources for the Future, and NBER
Environmental Tax Interaction Research: Past, Present, & Future

Al McGartland, Director, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
National Center for Environmental Economics
A Look Back at the Dismal Science at EPA: Confessions of an Errant Economist

Session 1: Ecosystems and Agriculture

Fisheries Management under Correlated Uncertainty: Prices vs. Quantities
Chris Kennedy, University of Wyoming

Voluntary Approaches to Conserving Endangered Species – The Case of Stochastic SeaTurtle Bycatch
Zinnia Mukherjee, University of Connecticut

Targeting and Evaluating Conservation Investments for On-Site and Off-Site Benefits using Data Envelopment Analysis
Alex Macpherson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park Office
and Rich Iovanna, United States Department of Agriculture.

Session 2: Environmental Policy

How Many Economists does it take to Change a Light Bulb: A Natural Field Experiment on Technology Adoption”,
David Herberich, University of Maryland and University of Chicago, John A. List,
University of Chicago, Michael K. Price, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Can Rebate of Revenue Make Environmental Taxes Progressive?
Holly Monti, University of Texas at Austin, Don Fullerton, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne

The Value of Information in Regulation
Arvind Magesan, University of Toronto, Matt Turner, University of Toronto

Session 3: Development

Bright Lines, Peer Effects, and Risk Avoidance: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Bangladesh
Soumya Balasubramanya, Duke University, Alex Pfaff, Duke University
Lori Snyder Bennear, Duke University, Alessandro Tarozzi, Duke University

Microenterprises after the Funding Ends: Who is the Last to Close the Door?
Simone Bauch, North Carolina State University,
Erin O. Sills, North Carolina State University, Subhrendu Pattanayak, Duke University

What Explains the Variation in Piped Water Supply Coverage in Urban China?
Qiong (Juliana) Wang, Yale University

Session 4: Biofuels and Autos

Efficiency Effects of Increased U.S. Biofuels Mandates
Joel Landry, Cornell University, Antonio M. Bento, Cornell University

California Clean Air Stickers: A $400 Million Missed Opportunity
Sharon Anne Shewmake, University of California, Davis

Farm Acreage Shocks and Food Prices: An SVAR Approach to Understanding the Impacts of Biofuels
Catie Almirall, University of California, Berkeley
Maximmillian Auffhammer, University of California, Berkeley
Peter Berck, University of California, Berkeley

Session 5: Energy and Climate

Do Rebate Incentives Encourage Energy Conservation? A Regression Discontinuity Approach
Koichiro Ito, University of California, Berkeley

“Measuring the Environmental Benefits of Wind Generated Electricity”
Joseph Cullen, Harvard University

Explaining the Price of Voluntary Carbon Offsets
Marc N. Conte, Stanford University
Matthew J. Kotchen, Bren School, University of California, Santa Barbara

Session 6: Valuation

New Quality-of-Life Rankings for U.S. Counties and PUMAs
David Bieri, Virginia Tech, Nicolai Kumminoff, Virginia Tech
Jaren C. Pope, Virginia Tech

“The Value of Climate Amenities: Evidence from U.S. Migration Decisions”
Paramita Sinha, RTI International
Maureen Cropper, University of Maryland and Resources for the Future

“Revisiting Cost-Benefit Analysis With Supply Uncertainty”
Aric Shafran, California Polytechnic State University

Session 7: Agriculture and Land Use

Land Use Change: A Spatial Multinomial Choice Analysis
Carmen Carrion-Flores, University of Florida
Alfonso Flores-Lagunes, University of Florida and IZA, Bonn, Germany
Ledia Guci, University of Florida

“The Effects of CRP Participation on Later Land Use”
Sarah Jacobson, Georgia State University

Thursday Research Sketches

Eileen Hlavka — RAND Corporation
“Seeing Green: U.S. Newspapers’ Portrayal of Renewable
Energy as an Economic Stimulus” [presentation]

Madeleine Baker-Goering — Duke University
“The Role of Information Framing in Environmental Policy:
Three Essays” [Presentation]

Tim Hamilton — North Carolina State University
“A Multi-Level Residential Sorting Model with an Application
to Quality Adjusted Income” [Presentation]

Paul Hindsley — Eckerd College
“Addressing Onsite Sample Selection Biases in Discrete Choice
Models: An Application of Propensity Score Based Weights” [Presentation]

Friday Research Sketches

Katrina Mullen — NC State University
“Impacts of Land Tenure on Migration in China” [Presentation]

Scott Holladay — University of Colorado at Boulder
“Are Exporters Mother Nature’s Best Friends”
[Paper] [Presentation]

Peter Maniloff — Duke University
“A Portifolio Analysis of Alternative Energy Sources” [Presentation]

Beia Spiller — Duke University
“A Revealed Preference Approach to Estimating Household
Auto Decisions” [Presentation]