Environmental Economics

Downwind and Out: The Strategic Dispersion of Power Plants and Their Pollution

__Submitted__ We document the tendency of coal-fueled electricity plants to locate on jurisdictional borders. We then develop a simple test to detect if the plants are strategically sited. Lastly, we use an atmospheric dispersion model to provide new descriptive statistics on the pervasiveness of the pollution transport problem.

The Environmental Cost of Land Use Restrictions

__Revise and Resubmitted:__ _Quantitative Economics._ We examine the effects of stringent local land-use regulations on household carbon and particulate matter emissions. We develop and estimate a spatial equilibrium model and predict that relaxing tight land use regulations in California would decrease national carbon output by 0.6%.