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The Political Economy of Environmental Justice

H. Spencer Banzhaf


The environmental justice literature convincingly shows that poor people and minorities live in more polluted neighborhoods than do other groups. These findings have sparked a broad activist movement, numerous local lawsuits, and several federal policy reforms. Despite the importance of environmental justice, the topic has received little attention from economists. And yet, economists have much to contribute, as several explanations for the correlation between pollution and marginalized citizens rely on market mechanisms. Understanding the role of these mechanisms is crucial to designing polic ... More

Keywords: environmental justice, pollution, market mechanisms, policy reforms, marginalized citizens, underprivileged citizens, political economy

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780804780612
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804780612.001.0001


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H. Spencer Banzhaf, editor

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