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The Importance of State and Plant Characteristics in Determining the Environmental Compliance Costs of Chemical Manufacturing Plants: Evidence from the PACE Survey, 1979-1990 Summary (1994)

Paper Number: EE-0316

Document Date: 10/01/1994

Author(s):  Post, Ellen S..

Subject Area(s): Economic Analysis, Pollution Abatement Costs and Expenditures Survey,  Census Bureau Longitudinal Research Database

Keywords: Economic Analysis, Pollution Abatement Costs and Expenditures Survey,  Census Bureau Longitudinal Research Database

Abstract:  

This a summary of the author's doctoral dissertation which links the U.S. Census Bureau's Pollution Abatement Costs and Expenditures (PACE) data on a plant-by-plant basis with the data in the Census Bureau's Longitudinal Research Database (LRD) to examine the determinants of environmental compliance costs for chemical manufacturing plans (SIC Code 28) in the United States from 1979 through 1990. It was motivated by the observation that the common belief that some states are more stringent than others in their efforts to protect environmental quality from industrial pollution is accompanied by the persistent concern that industry will avoid those stringent states. These concerns are based on the assumption that interstate differences in environmental regulatory stringency are large enough to affect firms' location decisions.

This report is part of the  Environmental Economics Research Inventory.

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