Firm Behavior and Pollution in Small Geographies

De Silva, Dakshina and McComb, Robert P. and Schiller, Anita and Slechten, Aurelie (2021) Firm Behavior and Pollution in Small Geographies. European Economic Review, 136: 103742. ISSN 0014-2921

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We consider the relationship between the location choices of potentially polluting firms and local income. Unlike previous research in the area of environmental justice, we distinguish between pollution potential and actual releases of toxic substances in the locality. We explore the relationship between the profit maximizing behavior of potentially polluting firms in their choice of both location and expenditures to influence the likelihood of toxic releases and their expected financial costs. We proxy the expenditures on prudential behavior by observing the co-localization of waste remediation activities. Evidence supports the conclusion that firms behave rationally in managing risk of toxic release, which may result in disparities in exposure to toxic releases faced by certain population groups.

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European Economic Review
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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in European Economic Review. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in European Economic Review, 136, 2021 DOI: 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2021.103742
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