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The economic impacts of LULUs


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  • Terance J Rephann


The author examines some of the issues and controversies that arise when facilities with noxious environmental, social, or economic qualities (LULUs, or locally unwanted land uses) locate in communities. A taxonomy of LULUs, based on economic growth features, is developed and the effects of five specific kinds of LULUs: interstate highways; large dams; medium-security and maximum-security prisons; commercial nuclear power plants; and gambling casinos, are described. The author uses quasi-experimental control-group methods to assess the economic impacts of these facilities on US counties during the period 1972 – 94. It is shown that few real negative effects can in fact be attributed to LULUs. However, only interstate highways measurably stimulate aggregate employment.

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Article provided by Pion Ltd, London in its journal Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy.

Volume (Year): 18 (2000)
Issue (Month): 4 (August)
Pages: 393-407

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Handle: RePEc:pio:envirc:v:18:y:2000:i:4:p:393-407

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