Environmental Economics

Analyzing the Reductions in U.S. Air Pollution Emissions: 1970 to 1990

Findings of inverted-U relationships between income and certain types of pollution have generated considerable controversy, yet relatively little is known about the factors underlying these relationships. U.S. emissions of several major air pollutants have begun to decline, mirroring the trajectories of found using data across countries and across time. This paper examines U.S. emissions of six air pollutants between 1970 and 1990, decomposing the observed changes into scale, composition, energy efficiency, energy mix, and other technique effects. The authors believe that the research provides a case study of the relative importance of these effects for a country on the downward-sloping portions of its emissions trajectories for the pollutants they examine.

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    8. Other Analyses and Reports
    Environmental Media:
    a. Air
    a. Air - Tropospheric
    Selden, Thomas M.
    Forrest, Anne S.
    Lockhart, James E.
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Carlin, Alan
    Geographic Area:
    United States
    Study Purpose:
    Data Development
    Inventory Record #: EE-0465
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    Environmental Law InstituteAddress: 1616 P Street, NW
    City: Washington State: DC ZIP: 20036
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    CR820539 and CR822795
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