Yoder, Jonathan K.

By: Galinato, Gregmar I.; Olanie, Aaron Z.; Yoder, Jonathan K.
We examine how cross-country differences in tobacco regulations affect tobacco imports and consumer health. We find that tobacco imports increase when a rich exporter’s tobacco regulations are stringent relative to the regulations of its poor importing trade partner. The main policy driver may be differences in marketing and counter-advertising tobacco regulations between trading partners. If a rich exporting country adopts counter-advertising tobacco regulations, mortality and morbidity from tobacco-related diseases in the poor importing country increase by four and eighty smokers per million people annually, respectively. Our results highlight the importance of accounting for spillovers in an increasingly multilateral economy.
By: McCullough, Michael; Holland, David W.; Painter, Kathleen M.; Stodick, Leroy; Yoder, Jonathan K.
A computable general equilibrium model is used to analyze the effectiveness of policy alternatives at achieving biofuel-related goals in Washington State. Policy regimes compared include blend mandates, generally funded volumetric and CO2e (CO2 equivalent) emissions-based tax/subsidy regimes, and revenue-neutral funded tax/subsidy regimes that use fossil fuel taxes to fund renewable fuel subsidies. Results suggest that a revenue-neutral CO2e emissions-based tax/subsidy is arguably the most effective single alternative for pursuing the full set of objectives emphasized in recent Washington State legislation.
By: Yoder, Jonathan K.
Predator control cost-share contracts among livestock producers to control coyote predation date back to 1630 in North America and are common today among sheep producers in western states. Typically, per unit assessments are imposed on a monitorable input, and revenues are used to purchase predator control for participants' land. This study presents a model which provides refutable implications for the structure and distribution of these contracts over time and space. Historical and contemporary state and county data on sheep producer assessments support a model that is applicable more generally to the problem of investment in common property inputs.