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Title: Choice of location, growth and welfare with unequal pollution exposures
Authors: Lich, H.K. 
Tournemaine, F. 
Keywords: Environmental quality;Growth;Inequality;Location choice;Welfare
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Scopus
University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce
Source: H.K. Lich, F. Tournemaine (2013) Choice of location, growth and welfare with unequal pollution exposures. Technological and Economic Development of Economy Vol.9, S58-S82.
Abstract: We develop an endogenous growth model with human capital accumulation in which firms are polluting and heterogeneous individuals must decide, among other things, where to live. The main idea is that pollution is unequally spread across geographical locations, inducing a tradeoff for individuals between environmental quality and leisure. In such economy, we show that a better environmental quality and/or a greater degree of inequality lead individuals to favour cleaner locations which, in turn, boosts longterm growth. Welfarewise,we find that, in general, individuals prefer a greater level of consumption and leisure but lower growth and environmental quality than those which are possible to achieve. Moreover, we show that the sign of the impact of inequality on environmental quality is likely to be negative.
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