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New Evidence on Eastern Europe's Pollution Progress

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  • Kahn Matthew E

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    (Tufts University)

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Under communism, Eastern Europe's cities were significantly more polluted than their Western European counterparts. An unintended consequence of communism's decline is to improve urban environmental quality. This paper uses several new data sets to measure these gains. National level data are used to document the extent of convergence across nations in sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide emissions. Based on a panel data set from the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland, ambient sulfur dioxide levels have fallen both because of composition and technique effects. The incidence of this local public good improvement is analyzed.

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Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy.

Volume (Year): 3 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (April)
Pages: 1-18

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  1. Will Communism Return?
    by Matthew E. Kahn in Environmental and Urban Economics on 2010-11-10 02:29:00
  2. Was Manufacturing Good for U.S Big Cities?
    by Matthew E. Kahn in Environmental and Urban Economics on 2012-04-22 22:22:00
  3. A Preview of Chapter Four of My New Amazon Kindle Book
    by Matthew Kahn in Environmental and Urban Economics on 2013-07-27 03:04:00
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Cited by:
  1. Francisco Alvarez & Gustavo A. Marrero & Luis A. Puch, . "Air pollution and the macroeconomy across European countries," Working Papers 2005-10, FEDEA.
  2. Kahn, Matthew E., 2009. "Regional growth and exposure to nearby coal fired power plant emissions," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 39(1), pages 15-22, January.
  3. Berger, Mark C. & Blomquist, Glenn C. & Sabirianova Peter, Klara, 2008. "Compensating differentials in emerging labor and housing markets: Estimates of quality of life in Russian cities," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 63(1), pages 25-55, January.

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