nep-res New Economics Papers
on Resource Economics
Issue of 2014‒12‒08
six papers chosen by

  1. Resource Scarcity and Environmental Adaptation in Poorer Societies By Namasaka, Martin
  2. Effects of Increased Environmental Regulation of Manure Management at Livestock Operations: A Differences-in-Differences Approach By Sneeringer, Stacy; Key, Nigel D.
  3. Do the manufacturing industries in Taiwan transfer their polluting production via foreign direct investment? By Yang, Tsung Yu
  4. Aggregate Resource Extraction: Examining Environmental Impacts on Optimal Extraction and Reclamation Strategies By Campbell, Brett; Adamowicz, Vic
  5. Environmental Regulation and Competitiveness: Evidence from Trade and Production in the Manufacturing Sector By Yang, Tsung Yu
  6. Pollution Whack-a-Mole: Ambient Acetaldehyde and the Introduction of E-10 Gasoline in the Northeast By Steiner, Christopher

  1. By: Namasaka, Martin
    Abstract: Resource scarcity and environmental degradation due to population growth could be one of the reasons why poor societies, especially those that are dependent on resources, are failing to achieve high rates of growth and sustained economic growth . This debate has long been running, extending back to Thomas Robert Malthus gloomy prediction that, “more people would doom us to a gigantic inevitable famine,” however, there are conflicting views and examples of how human capacities have adapted to resource scarcity, sustaining their livelihoods, as well as reducing institutionalised poverty through innovation, technology and social organisation, hence the relationship between resource scarcity and environmental degradation especially in poorer societies.
    Keywords: Resource Scarcity, Environmental Degradation, Economic Growth
    JEL: O1 O19 O4 O43 O44 Q1 Q55
    Date: 2014–11–07
  2. By: Sneeringer, Stacy; Key, Nigel D.
    Keywords: livestock, regulation, nutrients, Clean Water Act, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, Environmental Economics and Policy, Livestock Production/Industries, Q1, Q53, Q58,
    Date: 2014–07
  3. By: Yang, Tsung Yu
    Keywords: Pollution Haven Hypothesis, FDI, Environmental Economics and Policy, International Development, International Relations/Trade, Political Economy,
    Date: 2014
  4. By: Campbell, Brett; Adamowicz, Vic
    Abstract: Aggregate resources are deposits of sand, gravel and crushed stone that are used to construct everything from roads and sidewalks to hospitals and schools • Mining these resources is a source of negative environmental externalities (e.g. dust, noise, visual impacts) • Negative externalities generated from extraction should be considered when making locational and reclamation decisions
    Keywords: Gravel, Property Values, Hedonic Models, Reclamation, Resource /Energy Economics and Policy,
    Date: 2014
  5. By: Yang, Tsung Yu
    Keywords: Environmental Economics and Policy, International Development, International Relations/Trade,
    Date: 2014
  6. By: Steiner, Christopher
    Abstract: This paper uses a complicated set of phase-ins and phase-outs of oxygenated motor fuel in the Northeast to determine whether E-10 ethanol-enhanced fuel contributes to acetaldehyde air pollution over the pre-ethanol methyl tertiary-buthyl ether (MTBE) fuel. Oil companies phased out MTBE because of groundwater pollution concerns, and now E-10 is the standard fuel in EPA reformulated gas areas. Using a difference-in-difference setup, I find a small level increase but a large percentage increase in acetaldehyde pollution with E-10. I also compute a cost of the pollution in the single-digit millions of dollars. The findings concur with many scientific papers estimating that the impact of E-10 fuel on acetaldehyde pollution is small but positive.
    Keywords: ethanol, air pollution, applied economics, environmental economics, acetaldehyde, Agricultural and Food Policy, Environmental Economics and Policy, Q3, Q5,
    Date: 2014–05–20

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