Utah State University

Publication Index

9 Publications

Carbon Tax

Authors: Kayla Harris, Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 1/1/2013

Carbon Tax?

Authors: Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Most economists prefer a tax to regulation, and for those seeking to decarbonize the US economy a Pigouvian carbon tax is an attractive policy prescription. A non-romantic view of a carbon tax is consistent with Pigou’s largely forgotten warning that such a tax is “a potential opportunity” for self interest to trump the general interest. Congress may pass a carbon tax but it will have less to do with carbon reduction and more to do with redistributing income, exempting favorite companies, and making promises that future congresses will not keep.

Date Published: 1/16/2013

Chris Stewart OpEd

Date Published: 6/27/2012

Chris Stewart OpEd

Authors: Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 6/27/2012

Climate Policy as Political Entrepreneurship

Authors: Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 11/29/2012


Authors: Kayla Harris, Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Competing claims about the economic value of public lands to local communities abound. Officials from the outdoor recreation industry, for example, claim that protecting lands from multiple uses such as motorized and even pedal-powered recreation and oil, gas, and mineral extraction is "really truly about jobs"(Prettyman 2012). A hunting and fishing group, Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development, commissioned a study that examined the relationship between economic security and public land management strategies. The study's authors concluded that in rural counties in the Rocky Mountain West "as the proportion of conservation/recreation lands declines, so do indicators of economic health and growth" (Southwick 2012, 19). By contrast, we find that wilderness and public lands, in general, negatively impacts local economic conditions.

Date Published: 12/31/2012


Conservation and Economic Growth

Authors: Kristen Dawson, Luci Griffiths, Megan Hansen, Kayla Harris, Nicholas S. Hilton, Jordan Carl Hunt, Justine Larsen, Tanoya Paulson, Randy T Simmons, Kelsey White, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 1/3/2013

Costs of Land Administration in Utah

Authors: Richard Criddle, Kayla Harris, Jordan Carl Hunt, Christopher Martin, Braedan Udy, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 10/1/2012

CRS Report Summaries

Authors: Christopher Martin, Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 4/18/2013