Non-profit Management Of Regulated Network Assets: Recipe For Efficiency?

Michael Giberson Take billions of dollars of network assets owned by a number of local for-profit monopolists regulated by both state and federal agencies, turn control (but not ownership) of the assets over to a bigger regional monopoly organized as a non-profit run by an independent board, require that all major decisions must be vetted … More Non-profit Management Of Regulated Network Assets: Recipe For Efficiency?More Non-profit Management Of Regulated Network Assets: Recipe For Efficiency?

Air Quality Boosts Housing Prices

Lynne Kiesling Many thanks to Andrew Morriss over at The Commons for the link to this Chay and Greenstone working paper on the effects of air quality on housing prices. The typical econometric method for performing such an analysis is called hedonic estimation, where your dependent variable is the house price and your independent variables … More Air Quality Boosts Housing PricesMore Air Quality Boosts Housing Prices

Reap The Wild Wind

Lynne Kiesling Hey, how often do I get to use an Ultravox song title?!? Here’s a cool Wired magazine article on using computer models to estimate the wind power potential of a particular location. Before the development and refinement of such modeling, those wanting to know how much power potential they have would have to … More Reap The Wild WindMore Reap The Wild Wind

The Complexity Of World Oil Markets

Lynne Kiesling There’s a lot going on in world oil markets, as summarized in this Channel News Asia article. China is growing like gangbusters, shifting out demand for oil. Yukos, with a contract to supply them, is under fire from the Russian government (I am suspicious that it’s a case of expropriation on the part … More The Complexity Of World Oil MarketsMore The Complexity Of World Oil Markets