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Terry Anderson
Step away from the blackboard
Daniel Benjamin
ECONOMIST, n. a scoundrel whose faulty vision sees things as they really are, not as they ought to be.—after Ambrose Bierce By Daniel K. Benjamin
Terry Anderson
By Terry L. Anderson
Terry Anderson
September 2007Volume 25 | Number 3 ON TARGET By Terry L. Anderson
Daniel Benjamin
September 2007Volume 25 | Number 3 ECONOMIST, n. a scoundrel whose faulty vision sees things as they really are, not as they ought to be.—after Ambrose Bierce
Terry Anderson
ON TARGET Fightin' or Drinkin' By Terry Anderson PERC Reports, June 2007
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin PERC Reports, June 2007
Daniel Benjamin
Do single-issue voters matter? Recent evidence suggests that, when the issue is the environment, the answer is “yes.”
Terry Anderson
When Donald Leal and I wrote Free Market Environmentalism in 1991, we mostly theorized about how property rights and markets could enhance environmental quality. We focused more on political failures than market successes because there were more of the former than the latter.
Daniel Benjamin
Reducing pollution is not the only factor to be considered when it comes to lowering infant mortality rates passion.
Terry Anderson
Building the university of free market environmentalism will require a combination of business acumen and environmental passion.
Terry Anderson
The backlash from the Supreme Court's Kelo decision could relax land-use regulation around the country. And well it should.
Daniel Benjamin
Urban sprawl did not increase as fast as expected between 1976 and 1992 -- in fact, it did not increase at all.
Daniel Benjamin
Economic evidence reveals that property rights are more critical for prosperity than an efficient method of settling contractual disputes.
Terry Anderson
Blackfeet Gathering, an oil painting of teepees, illustrates private property among American Indians. It is available by auction.
Terry Anderson
Environmental entrepreneurs should have a business plan just as any other entrepreneur, but for my business- school students this is a revelation.
Daniel Benjamin
Does a firm's pollution harm its reputation? You might think so, but recent research by Jonathan Karpoff, John Lott Jr., and Eric Wehrly argues otherwise.
Terry Anderson
By Terry L. Anderson
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin
Eighteen young conservationists spent the month of June in Bozeman, Montana, attending the Kinship Conservation Institute. At KCI they learned about, discussed, and critiqued free market environmentalism.
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin
Daniel Benjamin
A scholarly article supports Environmental Protection Agency regulation of air pollutants.
Daniel Benjamin
Suspicions about the Endangered Species Act are confirmed.
Daniel Benjamin
High demand for wood products can foster the resurgence of forests.
Daniel Benjamin
A study of Wyoming oil drilling reveals that regulatory costs are higher on federal land.
Daniel Benjamin
A major study of the Clean Air Act confirms that -- as businesses often claim -- the costs are high.
Daniel Benjamin
A market approach to conservation: Buy land.
Daniel Benjamin
Environmental Protection Agency regulations can kill people.
Daniel Benjamin
If congressional efforts to curtail interstate trash disposal succeed, costs will go up.
Daniel Benjamin
Benjamin. Daniel K. Benjamin reports that economists have come up with persuasive evidence that free trade reduces pollution.
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin Government-sponsored polar expeditions made fewer major discoveries introduced fewer innovations, lost more ships, and had more explorers die.
Daniel Benjamin
Politics, Costs, And Species
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin Given the racket that people raise over airport noise, one would think that the social benefits of  regulating airport noise must be great.
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin Weitzman says that current income need be adjusted downward by 1 percent at most to account for the loss of exhaustible resources.
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin EPA cleanups of superfund sites cost an average of $12 billion for every cancer case prevented.
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin Now we know what a decade of quotas on Japanese cars cost consumers.
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin Late 19th-century storm warnings from the U.S. Weather Service yielded substantial, positive net returns to society.
Daniel Benjamin
CONSEQUENCES OF CLIMATE CHANGE By Daniel K. Benjamin
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin The results of the SO2 tradable emissions program are in-- and the economists were right.
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin People are knowledgeable about the hazards faced by individuals in their age group.
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin More than half of the increased market share of light trucks stems from government regulation.
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin If these advances continue, solar energy will displace fossil fuels to a growing extent over the next fifty years.
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin Insecure property rights induce trespassers and forest owners to cut tress on short rotations and not to replant.
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin Unit pricing reduced the volume of garbage presented for collection by 37 percent.
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin
Daniel Benjamin
Fracking concerns
Terry Anderson
Seeing environmental problems as opportunities.
Andrew Morriss
Development of energy sources is raising eminent domain issues.
Terry Anderson
Restoring Indian Dignity
Daniel Benjamin
A cautionary tale of ozone regulation
Reed Watson
Preserving Property Rights in Iowa
Reed Watson
Federal flood water intrudes on private property
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin
Terry Anderson
Nobel laureate Ronald Coase has passed away at the age of 102. Coase's work provided the intellectual foundation on which free market environmentalism is built.
Daniel Benjamin
Property rights are essential for market exchange. The definition of those rights, their enforcement, and their transferability all help determine the extent of trade and the rate of economic development and wealth creation.
Terry Anderson
Luddites can thwart even the best enviropreneurs; they see solutions as problems.
Daniel Benjamin
Just as the market brought the bison to near extinction, so too has it brought them back from the brink.
Terry Anderson
If you are in favor of economic growth, free markets, and less government, join the Green Tea Party and support Kermit the Frog for president.
Daniel Benjamin
Waterborne diseases are responsible for 20 percent of deaths in children under the age of five. Microbes such as E. coli found in fecal matter cause diarrhea that kills by dehydrating its victims.
Terry Anderson
“In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” —Eric Hoffer
Daniel Benjamin
Economist, n. a scoundrel whose faulty vision sees things as they really are, not as they ought to be. —after Ambrose Bierce
Terry Anderson
In 1962, Congressman Wayne Aspinall wrote to President Kennedy asking him to establish a commission to review public land laws.
Daniel Benjamin
In open-access settings, high-quality resources are lucrative; yet keeping out potential entrants may be extremely costly.
Daniel Benjamin
More than 30 years after the homeless garbage barge Mobro 4000 put recycling on the front pages, recycling remains a poster child for many who consider themselves environmentalists.
Terry Anderson
For traditional environmentalists, 2010 is important because the first Earth Day occurred 40 years ago. For free market environmentalists, 2010 is more than an anniversary— it’s cause for celebration.
Terry Anderson
Wikipedia—externality: an impact on a party that is not directly involved in the transaction.PERC—enviropreneur: a person who has no patience for externalities.By Terry Anderson
Terry Anderson
In the early days of the ivory trade ban in the 1980s, TIME magazine showed a picture of Kenyan government officials burning tons of ivory to demonstrate their commitment to the ban as a way of stopping elephant poaching.
Daniel Benjamin
Do people really care about improvements in the environment? As silly as this question might sound, it has proven remarkably difficult for economists to pin down a precise answer.
Terry Anderson
Of course, President Obama is “green.” These days, it’s hard to find anyone or anything that isn’t. Barack and Michelle have their organic White House garden. George “dubya” has solar panels at his ranch.
Daniel Benjamin
Secure property rights are central to economic prosperity. It was the emergence of secure property rights that laid the foundation for the Industrial Revolution and the subsequent explosion of per capita incomes.
Daniel Benjamin
Since 1980, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has had the authority to clean up hazardous waste sites that pose an imminent and substantial danger to public welfare and the environment.
Terry Anderson
When the battles over water in Oregon’s Klamath River Basin were at their peak, PERC organized a meeting in Portland to bring competing parties to the table in search of common ground for reducing the conflict.
Daniel Benjamin
The world’s ocean fisheries are in decline. Since 1950, nearly 30 percent of all fisheries have collapsed, and some scientists project that in 40 years, all of the world’s fisheries could collapse.
Terry Anderson
The financial meltdown has led many people, especially politicians, to blame the problem on market failure and to jump on the regulatory bandwagon.
Terry Anderson
Economists devote page upon page of their textbooks to discussions of “public goods,” arguing that markets won’t supply them.
Daniel Benjamin
Economist, n. a scoundrel whose faulty vision sees things as they really are, not as they ought to be. —after Ambrose Bierce
Terry Anderson
The drive to be greener than others begs two questions. Why is everyone so green here and now, and what really constitutes being green?
Daniel Benjamin
Automobiles are responsible for most of the air pollution observed in Mexico City.
Terry Anderson
The nitty gritty on green policy proposals
Daniel Benjamin
Property rights are pivotal for prosperity in Peru