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Smog Reduction's Impact on California County Growth


  • Matthew E. Kahn


Over the last twenty years, environmental regulation has sharply reduced pollution levels in the Los Angeles region. Population growth has soared in the Los Angeles suburbs that have experienced the largest pollution reductions. This paper posits that regulation has increased local quality of life which has encouraged in-migration. I explore alternative explanations for this growth. Copyright 2000 Blackwell Publishers

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  • Matthew E. Kahn, 2000. "Smog Reduction's Impact on California County Growth," Journal of Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 40(3), pages 565-582.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jregsc:v:40:y:2000:i:3:p:565-582

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