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Social capital, environmental justice and carcinogenic waste releases: US county-level evidence, 1998-2019

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posted on 2023-10-20, 13:48 authored by Ali Ataullah, Simeon ColemanSimeon Coleman, Hang Le, Zilong Wang

We examine the role of social capital in explaining the highly unequal regional distribution of firms’ carcinogenic releases. Our model predicts that social capital, by enabling information sharing and coordination among community members, decreases carcinogenic releases. Our analysis, based on the US county-level releases derived from around 2 million chemical-facility-level reports during 1998-2019 and the instrumental variable approach, confirms our prediction. However, the impact is reduced when counties rely on waste-releasing firms for economic opportunities. An important policy implication of our study is that the efficacy of initiatives to alleviate environmental injustice is likely to depend on communities’ social capital.

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School

  • Loughborough Business School

Published in

Regional Studies

Volume

57

Issue

11

Pages

2220-2237

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.

Acceptance date

2022-12-03

Publication date

2023-01-30

Copyright date

2023

ISSN

0034-3404

eISSN

1360-0591

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Simeon Coleman. Deposit date: 13 December 2022

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