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A Change Point Analysis of the Impact of Environmental Federalism on Aggregate Air Quality in the United States: 1940-98

12 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2006  

Thomas Fomby

Southern Methodist University

Limin Lin

Countrywide Home Loans, Inc.

Abstract

During President Reagan's administration, environmental policy making was substantially shifted from the federal level to the state and local levels. We use techniques in Bai (1997a, 1997b) to determine change points in the trends of three important air pollution series. We find that the beneficial trends in the emission series began with federal legislation and were not due to the Reagan devolution. However, second-round change point tests indicate that the beneficial trends in the emissions series that began with federal legislation continued unabated following the Reagan devolution.

JEL Classification: Q20, C50

Suggested Citation

Fomby, Thomas and Lin, Limin, A Change Point Analysis of the Impact of Environmental Federalism on Aggregate Air Quality in the United States: 1940-98. Economic Inquiry, Vol. 44, No. 1, pp. 109-120, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=906369

Thomas B. Fomby (Contact Author)

Southern Methodist University ( email )

6212 Bishop Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75275
United States

Limin Lin

Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. ( email )

Plano, TX 75024
1-972-781-3509 (Phone)
1-972-608-1127 (Fax)

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