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The Effects of Air Quality Regulation Enforcement and the Firm Location Decision among U.S. Counties

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Ashton Morgan Ph.D., Assistant Professor (Creator)
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Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: This research examines the effects of the 1977 Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) on the location decisions of pollution-intensive manufacturing plants. We develop a panel data set to analyze plant births of polluting manufacturers over time as a function county-level attainment status of the federal standard for ozone pollution. We find that more stringent county-level environmental regulations impact pollution-intensive capital flows through deterring new plant births. We also find that the impact of stricter regulations varies by pollution-intensity of manufacturers, with results suggesting that federal guidelines have a greater impact on high pollution intensive manufacturers than more moderate polluters.

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Condliffe, S. and Morgan, O.A. (2009) The Effects of Air Quality Regulation Enforcement and the Firm Location Decision among U.S. Counties. Journal of Regulatory Economics, 36(1): 83-93, 2009 (Aug 2009). Published by Springer (ISSN: 0922-680X). DOI 10.1007/s11149-008-9064-1
Language: English
Date: 2009