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"Certified Transitional Labels Hope To Increase Organic Conversion, but Few Know What They Mean" by Ashley Spalding

Oct. 27, 2022

Transitional organic certification programs seek to create a premium market for crops in years two and three of the three-year organic conversion process, but few survey respondents know what certified …

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"Agriculture and the Social Cost of Carbon" by Maximilian Auffhammer

Oct. 27, 2022

Putting a number on the economic damage from the emissions of greenhouse gases is a difficult undertaking. Recent advances in statistical methods, exponentially growing computing power, and the ever-increasing availability …

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"California Almond Industry Harmed by International Trade Issues" by Colin Carter and Sandro Steinbach

Oct. 27, 2022

California almond tree acreage has expanded by roughly three-fold since 2000. As a result, the industry relies more on foreign buyers to purchase the growing supply of almonds. Combined with …

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"Does Better Information Increase Fishery Profits?" by Gabriel Englander, Larry S. Karp and Leo K. Simon

Aug. 23, 2022

In the world’s largest fishery, we find that better information about the location and size of fish populations would decrease fishery profits. This counterintuitive result occurs because the congestion costs …

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"The Multiple Benefits of CIMIS—Publicly Provided Weather and Irrigation Information in California" by Itai Trilnick, Alice Huang, Jed Silver, Ben Gordon and David Zilberman

Aug. 23, 2022

We analyze the current uses of the California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS), assess the economic gains, and suggest potential strategies for future implementation. We estimate that using CIMIS has …

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"How Are Urban Water Suppliers Responding to Drought?" by Mehdi Nemati and Juhee Lee

Aug. 23, 2022

In July 2021, Gov. Newsom requested 15% voluntary statewide urban water conservation compared to the same months in 2020. However, thus far, suppliers have reduced water use by about 2% …

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"When Governments Increase Their Funding of Public Goods, How Do Individuals Respond?" by Matthew J. Kotchen and Katherine R.H. Wagner

June 28, 2022

We discuss how standard public goods theory can explain a wider range of individual responses to changes in government funding of public goods than the literature suggests. For example, increases …

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"Too Little Too Late? The Two-Pronged Approach of the Federal Reserve" by Bulat Gafarov and Jens Hilscher

June 28, 2022

At its most recent scheduled meetings, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 0.25%, 0.5%, and 0.75%. The last three readings of U.S. inflation were 8.5%, 8.3%, and 8.6%—the highest …

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"War in Ukraine and Impacts on California Food and Agriculture" by Olena Sambucci and Daniel A. Sumner

June 28, 2022

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a tragedy for those in the region and an ongoing threat to food security in many places. California agriculture can help mitigate some food …

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"What Price is Right? Cigarette Demand Has Become More Responsive to Prices" by Bulat Gafarov, Tengda Gong and Jens Hilscher

April 26, 2022

We provide evidence that demand for cigarettes has become relatively more sensitive to price changes, while other products’ demand has become slightly less responsive. This change happened during a time …

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