Browsing through the streaming videos available on Amazon Prime last night, I came across a documentary series called "wetheeconomy." I'm probably slow to the party but the series features a series of short (5-10 minute) documentaries introducing basic economic topics like supply and demand, measuring GDP, what is money,... Of particular interest to this blog, one of the documentaries is titled "A Bee's Invoice: The Hidden Value in Nature," which is designed to answer the question: Are natural resources vital to the economy?
The environmental economist in me is excited to see environmental valuation included in Chapter 1 of a series introducing a wide array of economic topics. Maybe, this whole environmental economics thing is gaining some traction.
The jealous, rapidly aging human in me is jealous that the film features appearances by two economists, both of whom have interacted on our blog, and neither of whom is named Whitehead or Haab. Anyway, nice work Gernot Wagner and Jodi Beggs* in promoting the cause. I presume they were chosen because the producers thought John and I were unavailable--either that or they wanted younger faces to attract a different demographic than the epitome of boring middle-class soccer/baseball dads.
*Jodi once called us cool, and Gernot stoops so low as to occasionally contribute to Env-Econ. I'm going to go as far as say we had a part in launching the careers of these two film stars. Hopefully they remember us when the riches start to flow.