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Pollution abatement and employment

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  • Rolf Färe

    (Oregon State University
    Oregon State University
    University of Maryland)

  • Shawna Grosskopf

    (Oregon State University
    Center for Environmental and Resource Economics (CERE))

  • Carl A. Pasurka

    (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1809T) Office of Policy)

  • Ron Shadbegian

    (National University of Singapore)

Abstract

Morgenstern et al. (J Environ Econ Manag 43:412–436, 2002. doi: 10.1006/jeem.2001.1191 ) are well-known for its investigation of the employment effects of environmental regulations. However, the cost function specified in that paper is handicapped by its reliance on survey data of the costs of inputs assigned to pollution abatement. In this paper, we specify an input distance function that models the joint production of good and bad outputs. This allows us to measure the relative importance of factors associated with changes in employment without pollution abatement cost data. We operationalize our model using a sample of 80 coal-fired electric power plants from 1995 to 2005.

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  • Rolf Färe & Shawna Grosskopf & Carl A. Pasurka & Ron Shadbegian, 2018. "Pollution abatement and employment," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 54(1), pages 259-285, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:empeco:v:54:y:2018:i:1:d:10.1007_s00181-016-1205-2
    DOI: 10.1007/s00181-016-1205-2
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