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The Economics of Conservation

My article The Economics of Conservation is up on The article discusses the clash over global warming, and how economists and climatologists deal with the uncertainty inherent in each of their disciplines. It was an interesting article to write — I got to talk with a number of economists and a climatologist, and I learned a lot about how these disciplines work.

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  1. #1 Gary Peterson
    May 19, 2006

    A nice summary of some of the economic and environmental complexities, but I was waiting for a point to be made or some original perspective to be provided? Is this old-fashioned of me? I wondered if you were going to bring in some cognitive psych or some integration with a psych perspective on such issues. I think a perspective (social-cognitive) could be developed to show the importance of research examining how groups and communities might do better in shared decision-making. Also, there are a variety of visual technologies that can be incorporated with group/community judgment-settings to help such groups understand their current judgment strategies. The issue comes down to a very important dimension of social psych–how we might work together to make judgments under uncertainty.

  2. #2 Dave Munger
    May 19, 2006

    That’s a great idea, Gary — maybe I’ll pitch that idea to Seed for my next article….

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