Jun 11, 2015
Jason Shogren is the
Stroock Professor of Natural Resource Conservation and Management
and Chair of the Department of Economics and Finance at the
University of Wyoming.
Professor Shogren’s background and research
interests include the economics of environmental and natural
resource policy, experimental methods; endangered species; invasive
species; climate change; agricultural and forest management;
energy; health; regulation; and paleoeconomics.
Jason served as professor to Sweden’s King Carl
Gustaf XVI in 2012 and is a 2007 Nobel Peace Prize
winner (shared with Al Gore) as a member of the
United Nations team working on climate change.
He has also served as a senior economist on the
Council of Economic Advisers in the White House under the Clinton
Jason loves fishing and music. He spends his
time composing acoustic roots songs that he describes as catawampus
American music, has five albums and will be touring this
- about the Cap and Trade
Market for carbon emissions is a failure and would
only work in a micro-management setting.
- why its best to implement a carbon
- the difference between luxury
emissions and survival
emissions and why it maybe difficult for China and
India to reduce their carbon.
- how Jason’s depiction of a low probability-high
severity event influenced Janet Yellen to
take action on climate change.
- if we are acting rationally or irrationally
toward the environment.
- how we can exploit rationality ‘for
- how, over the last 30 years, we have become
averse to just about everything.
- how we can take advantage of peoples’ status quo
to increase their contribution of paying a carbon tax.
- how designing the right system can nudge people
to do the right thing - just like soft
- how Jason sought inspiration about rationality
from other disciplines, such as English literature and music
composition, rather than from economics.
- how Jason uses music
as a form of escapism.
- about the concerts
that Jason Shogren will be playing at each year.
- about Jason’s hitch-hiking experience in
Ireland in 1985 from the Giants Causeway
and down along the West Coast (now known as the Wild Atlantic
- about Jason theoretical thought process
regarding endogenous risk and how
he applies it to different environmental risks.
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