About Us: Publications
Economic Development and Cultural Change, forthcoming. (with Richard Akresh and Charity Moore) Altruism towards others can inhibit cooperation by increasing the utility players expect to receive in a non-cooperative equilibrium. To test this, we examine agricultural productivity in West African polygynous households. We find cooperation, as evidenced by more efficient production, is greater among co-wives than among husbands and wives. Using a game-theoretic model, we show this outcome can arise because co-wives are less altruistic towards each other than towards their husbands. We present a...
Journal of Human Capital , forthcoming. This paper considers the impact of skill-based immigration restrictions, using the Chinese Exclusion Act as a natural experiment. I find that restrictions reduced the average occupational standing of Chinese immigrants, suggesting substitution between observed and unobserved skills. Conversely, children of restricted immigrants have greater human capital than those of unrestricted immigrants, despite restricted immigrants themselves having lower skill. This suggests particularly strong inter-generational transmission of skill among Chinese immigrants of...
The policy brief provides a comparison of rural and urban communities in the U.S. and Ohio over the last decade. In addition, it provides a discussion of differences across rural communities in Ohio and efforts to strengthen these communities.
Reevaluation of the Impact of Coal Mining on the Virginia State Budget Prepared by Michael Farren and Mark Partridge
Ohio cropland values and cash rental rates are projected to decrease in 2015. According to the Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents Survey bare cropland values in western Ohio are expected to decrease from 5.2% to 11.9% in 2015 depending on the region and land class. Cash rents are expected to decrease from 6.2% to 8.5% depending on the region and land class.
Invited Seminar , Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, April 2015
McNamara DE, Gopalakrishnan S, Smith MD, Murray AB, 2015, PLoS ONE 10(3): Human population density in the coastal zone and potential impacts of climate change underscore a growing conflict between coastal development and an encroaching shoreline. Rising sea-levels and increased storminess threaten to accelerate coastal erosion, while growing demand for coastal real estate encourages more spending to hold back the sea in spite of the shrinking federal budget for beach nourishment. As climatic drivers and federal policies for beach nourishment change, the evolution of coastline mitigation and...
Panelist “ The 2015 Environmental and Natural Resources Symposium: A Tax on Carbon: Would it Work for Business, Consumers and the Environment?” Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, February 2015
Outlines the impact of using "carbon tariffs" to deal with the related issues of competitiveness and carbon leakage in the US aluminum industry if carbon pricing is adopted.
Indicated State 2014 ARC-CO and PLC per acre Payments by Crop and An Initial Comparison with per acre Direct Payments: January 2015
Authors: Carl Zulauf, Sanghyo Kim, and Gary Schnitkey