Journal of Economic Perspectives

What Do We Know About Environmental Justice?

Not As Much As We Should

If you are not a regular reader of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, you should be. Most economists fetishize what my friend and colleague Steve Bainbridge refers to accurately as “recreational mathematics.” But often, these models add more heat than light, and in any event, function as a private language. Fortunately enough, JEP’s magician-editor Timothy …


A New Feast for Environmental Policy Wonks

The Winter 2013 issue of the always-invaluable Journal of Economic Perspectives is just out, and it is a treasure for environmental policy people.  It features a symposium on tradeable pollution permits, with contributions from among others William Pizer and Robert Stavins.  It not only reviews the history of tradeable permits in air pollution, but also …


Energy Scholarship Symposium in the Journal of Economic Perspectives

As I argued about three months ago, the Journal of Economic Perspectives ought to be on the regular reading for anyone interested in environmental law and policy.  The most recent quarter’s issue shows why: it features a fascinating symposium on “Energy Challenges”.  Not all of the articles will be music to environmentalists’ ears: for example, …


When Do Economic Incentives Modify Behavior?

The Journal of Economic Perpspectives ought to be on any environmental law professor’s reading list — or really, anyone interested in environmental policy.  Thanks in no small part to the editorial wizardry of Managing Editor Timothy Taylor, it performs its mission — to “fill a  gap between the general interest press and most other academic …