Robert Nelson, Shawn Regan, Reed Watson
What it is, how it works, and why it needs to be reformed
This PERC Policy Series explores the underlying issues fueling conflicts such as the standoff in Oregon, as well as what might be done to resolve them. Battles such as this are the result of federal land policies that encourage conflict instead of negotiation.
New paper in the Journal of Law, Economics & Policy explores the linkages between ecology and economics through the lens of Austrian economics.
Holly Fretwell, Shawn Regan
Nearly half of the West is owned by the federal government. In this new report, PERC researchers find that the federal government loses money managing valuable natural resources on federal lands, while states generate financial returns.
National park visitation is up — but so is population and the total number of parks. Putting the latest data into perspective.
The National Park Service already faces financial struggles, but Congress has just created seven new parks with no additional funding. Writing for The Hill, Shawn Regan explores how that impacts park managers.
As hard-fought wilderness bills languish in Congress, some are claiming that wilderness areas are good for local economies. But what does the research actually say about the economic effects of wilderness designations?
America's natural gas revolution has led to increased coal exports. What are the implications for climate change? We asked Stanford University Professor Frank Wolak, director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development.
When environmental groups buy ranchers' permits, there's no need for the feds to start rustling up trouble.
PERC's new Policy Perspective explains how the government keeps tribes from developing their natural resources.