Incentives

Billings GazetteSeptember 1, 2007 By Alison Berry
Steven F. Hayward
American Enterprise InstituteDecember 21, 2005   By Steven F. Hayward
Richard Stroup
By James Gwartney, Richard L. Stroup, and Dwight R. Lee
Environmental ForumJanuary/February 2005Minister of Change
Forbes.com September 20, 2004 By Vernon L. Smith
J. Bishop Grewell
Tacoma News TribuneJuly 4, 2004 By J. Bishop Grewell
Daniel Benjamin
This essay, "Eight Great Myths of Recycling," by Daniel K. Benjamin, exposes the errors and falsehoods underlying the rhetoric. It clarifies the appropriate role of recycling, based on history and market relationships.
Bruce Yandle
RS-02-1:  2002  By Bruce Yandle, Maya Vijayaraghavan, and Madhusudan Bhattarai
Indur Goklany
This paper, "Economic Growth and the State of Humanity," by Indur M. Goklany, emulates and builds upon the contributions that Julian Simon made in reporting on the progress of humankind.
Pierre Desrochers
Eco-Industrial Parks:The Case for Private PlanningRS-00-1:  2000by Pierre Desrochers
Jane Shaw
A new paper challenges conventional wisdom about the role of business in environmental issues. Written primarily for business executives, it offers new ideas for addressing environmental challenges while keeping a principled commitment to market competition, consumer choice, and innovation.
Bruce Yandle
"Bootleggers, Baptists, and Global Warming" explains that something similar is happening with the treaty negotiations over climate change. Baptists are the environmental groups, and bootleggers are the companies, trade associations, and nations that are seeking favors through the global warming negotiations.
Michael `t Sas-Rolfes
The tiger, which once ranged throughout Asia, faces extinction in the wild. The only way to save it is to provide incentives that make people who live near tigers want to conserve them, says Michael 't Sas-Rolfes in a new paper, "Who Will Save the Wild Tiger?" published by PERC.
Jane Shaw
Wall Street JournalSeptember 7, 1995 By Pamela S. Snyder and Jane S. Shaw
Terry Anderson, Peter Hill
Terry L. Anderson and Peter J. Hill, Editors
Bruce Yandle
By Bruce Yandle and Stuart Buck
Matt Ridley
A 30th Anniversary Celebration ofPERC—Property and Environment Research Center
Bobby McCormick
How a great tax became a good one and then became, along the way, just another tax.
Shawn Regan
Cliven Bundy's battle was born out of a broken system that encourages conflict, not negotiation.
Shawn Regan
When environmental groups buy ranchers' permits, there's no need for the feds to start rustling up trouble.
Reed Watson, Peter Hill, Shawn Regan, Laura Huggins
Listen as Aaron Flint of "Voices of Montana" talks with Reed Watson, P.J. Hill, Shawn Regan, and Laura Huggins about free market environmentalism.
Terry Anderson
In an interview on the John Batchelor Show, Terry Anderson explains how hunting in Namibia provides local communities with the right incentives to manage and conserve wildlife.
Reed Watson, Greg Sauer
What does “nickel pig iron” have to do with free market environmentalism? It provides an excellent example of how markets and, in particular, rising commodity prices spur innovation and resource conservation.
PERC Julian Simon Fellow David Schmidtz focuses on conflict resolution at the intersection of economics and ecology. In this video, he explores "alien priorities."
Shawn Regan
PERC research fellow Shawn Regan provides testimony for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on "Funding the National Park System for the Next Century."
It’s a conservation debate that’s as fiery as it gets: Will a legal rhino horn trade save rhinos? Michael 't Sas-Rolfes believes a well-regulated trade is the right answer, and here's why.
Laura Huggins sat down recently with fly fishermen Miles Noles to discuss the upcoming Montana Supreme Court case on stream access. Huggins discusses PERC's position on stream access and her experience fishing Montana's rivers and streams.
Holly Fretwell
While politicians continue the budget cut stalemate, entrepreneurs are quick to provide goods and services to the public.
Enviropreneurs like Logan Yonavjak are connecting private, for-profit incentives to environmental outcomes by creating longer-term financing opportunities for the land conservation community.
Reed Watson, Brett Howell
Despite their ecological and economic importance, Florida’s coral reefs are teetering on the verge of collapse. Scientific studies point to the impact of effluent discharges from municipal storm and wastewater treatment facilities along the coast.
Bruce Yandle
PERC Senior Fellow Bruce Yandle orginated the theory of Bootleggers and Baptists in the early 1980s. In essence, two different groups suppor the same, regulations, but benefit from different effects of the regulation. Has anything changed?
Todd Gartner
Todd Gartner, a 2007 Enviropreneur Institute alum, describes how economic incentives can be used to connect forests, water, and communities. Working with the World Resources Institute he discusses his work on two pilot projects that are connecting the buyers of ecosystem services with the sellers of the services.

Features

By Brijesh Nalinakumari & Richard MacLean
Jane Shaw, Bruce Yandle
By Jane S. Shaw and Bruce Yandle With his 2006 budget, President Bush appears to be championing fiscal responsibility. For environmental policy, this change offers hope for new directions.
How property rights save wildlife in Zimbabwe.
Terry Anderson
Hunting and economics meet in South Africa.
Elizabeth Singleton
By Elizabeth Singleton
J. Bishop Grewell
Certification informs consumers about forest management.
Jane Shaw
By Matthew Brown and Jane S. Shaw
Bruce Yandle
As nations argued over global warming policies at the Kyoto Protocol, PERC senior fellow Bruce Yandle was busy bringing new insights to the discussion.

Web Exclusives

Pierre Desrochers
Last year marked the 40th anniversary of Paul Ehrlich's The Population Bomb, one of the two most influential environmentalist books of the 1960s with Rachel Carson's Silent Spring (1962).

Columns

Daniel Benjamin
High demand for wood products can foster the resurgence of forests.
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 Government-sponsored polar expeditions made fewer major discoveries introduced fewer innovations, lost more ships, and had more explorers die.
Daniel Benjamin
By Daniel K. Benjamin Unit pricing reduced the volume of garbage presented for collection by 37 percent.

Perspectives

Linda Platts
Compiled by Linda Platts
Linda Platts
In laboratories around the country, scientists are working to alter the genetic working of trees in order to increase their ability to store carbon, absorb toxins, and resist disease.
Linda Platts
If you are sipping a latte somewhere in the vast Starbucks empire, you can rest assured that the corporation is moving steadfastly toward more environmentally friendly practices.
Linda Platts
In Tanzania, the Nile crocodile is probably best known for its threat to human life. Not only does it snatch villagers from the river banks, but it has even made forays onto the lawns of tourist lodges in search of a tasty meal.
Linda Platts
In Anchorage, Alaska, companies are giving their employees incentives to reduce winter air pollution. They come in the form of cold hard cash, and they work. But the companies too have an incentive to reduce air pollution.
Linda Platts
As you gaze out over the shiny hood of your brand new Lincoln Town Car, you might be looking at a hunk of scrap metal. Ford Motor Co. has spent years seeking an efficient, cost-effective system to reuse aluminum scraps.
Linda Platts
At Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, nearly h