Particulate Trends in the United States
Regional Science and Urban Economics, March 1997
Posted: 25 Mar 1998
NOTE: The following is a description of the paper and not the actual abstract.
This paper uses a U.S. county level panel data set to study the relationship between ambient pollution levels and aggregate manufacturing activity. Estimates of a pollution production function indicate that in counties facing high Clean Air Act regulation, a 100,000 more manufacturing jobs in 1981 increases ambient county particulate levels by 8%.
This paper also studies whether manfacturing employment growth is more likely to take place in less regulated counties. Controlling for the growth in a county's non-manufacturing employment, counties that were in non-attainment with the TSP air quality standard experienced 14% lower manufacturing growth between 1982 and 1988.
JEL Classification: Q25
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