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Economic Inequality and Environmental Quality: Evidence of Pollution Shifting in Russia

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  • Marina Vornovytskyy
  • James Boyce
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    This paper utilizes the Russian Statistical Agency's data on air pollution in Russia to analyze the impact of economic inequalities among Russia's regions on environmental degradation. Controlling for the absolute level of income, we find that regions with lower incomes relative to those of neighboring regions have more uncontrolled air pollution. In addition, we find that greater within-region inequalities in income and in the provision of public goods are associated with greater uncontrolled air pollution.

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    Paper provided by Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts at Amherst in its series Working Papers with number wp217.

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    Keywords: Air pollution; environmental inequality; pollution shifting; regional inequality; environmental Kuznets curve; Russia - environment;

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