Links between Air Quality and Economic Growth: Implications for Pittsburgh

Links between Air Quality and Economic Growth: Implications for Pittsburgh

Links between Air Quality and Economic Growth: Implications for Pittsburgh

Links between Air Quality and Economic Growth: Implications for Pittsburgh

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This report presents the results of a RAND Corporation study for the Heinz Endowments. The study sought to better characterize the links between air quality and economic development to help understand how improving air quality in the Pittsburgh region could affect local economic growth. The findings presented here are based on a review of the existing, national studies on links between air quality and economic growth and on an extrapolation of some of those results to the Pittsburgh region; the findings were also informed by discussions with individuals engaged in economic development and air pollution policy from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. The findings should be of interest to local policymakers, individuals, and organizations working in the areas of economic development and environmental policy.

The RAND Environment, Energy, and Economic Development Program

The research reported here was conducted in the RAND Environment, Energy, and Economic Development Program, which addresses topics relating to environmental quality and regulation, water and energy resources and systems, climate, natural hazards and disasters, and economic development, both domestically and internationally. Program research is supported by government agencies, foundations, and the private sector.

This program is part of RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment, a division of the RAND Corporation dedicated to improving policy and decisionmaking in a wide range of policy domains, including civil and criminal justice, infrastructure protection and homeland security, transportation and energy policy, and environmental and natural resource policy.

Questions or comments about this report should be sent to the project leader, Henry Willis (Henry_Willis@rand.org). For more information about the Environment, Energy, and Economic Development Program, see http://www.rand.org/energy or contact the director at eeed@rand.org.

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