Gone with the Wind: Federalism and the Strategic Placement of Air Polluters

40 Pages Posted: 26 Dec 2015

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James Monogan

University of Georgia

David Konisky

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA)

Neal Woods

University of South Carolina

Date Written: September 29, 2015

Abstract

In federal systems both state governments and firms have incentives to strategically locate polluting facilities where the environmental and health consequences will be borne as much as possible by residents of other jurisdictions. We analyze air polluter location in the United States using a spatial point pattern model, which models where events occur in latitude and longitude. Our analyses indicate that major air polluters are significantly more likely to be located near a state’s downwind border than a control group of other industrial facilities, results that are robust to a wide variety of model specifications and measurement strategies. This effect is particularly pronounced for facilities with toxic air emissions. The observed pattern of polluter location varies systematically across states and time in ways that suggest it is responsive to public policy at both the national and state levels.

Keywords: air pollution, federalism, free riding, spillovers

Suggested Citation

Monogan, James and Konisky, David and Woods, Neal, Gone with the Wind: Federalism and the Strategic Placement of Air Polluters (September 29, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2708112 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2708112

James Monogan

University of Georgia ( email )

David Konisky (Contact Author)

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA) ( email )

1315 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

Neal Woods

University of South Carolina ( email )

701 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29208
United States

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