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Determinants of Equilibrium Particulate Exposure
November 9, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Matthew Turner, Professor
Department of Economics, Brown University
Regulation of airborne particulates influences locations of people and the location and nature of production. Thus, an understanding of particulates exposure requires an understanding of these responses to particulates regulation. To investigate these issues, we assemble global spatially disaggregated panel data describing ambient particulate levels and transport, population, and economic and polluting activities. These data indicate the importance of country level determinants of pollution, of the equilibrium process that separates or brings together people and particulates, of urbanization, and of coal consumption. We then develop an Integrated Assessment Model describing particulate emissions, together with other economic activity and a model of pollution transport. This model allows us to evaluate the effect of particulates policies in 61 countries and to determine where research reducing parametric uncertainty is likely to change policy choices.
Bio: Matthew Turner is a Professor of Economics at Brown University. He regularly teaches courses in urban and environmental economics, and occasionally, microeconomic theory. He is broadly interested in environmental and urban policy and his recent research focuses on the economics of land use and transportation. Professor Turner holds a Ph.D. in economics from Brown University and is a Co-Editor of the Journal of Urban Economics. His research appears in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Economic Studies and Econometrica, and is regularly featured in the popular press.
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