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Title: Polluting Politics
Authors: Beland, Louis-Philippe
Boucher, Vincent
Keywords: Political Parties
Air Quality
Regression Discontinuity
Issue Date: 2015-05
Series/Report no.: Cahiers du CIRPÉE;15-13
Abstract: This paper estimates the causal impact of party affiliation (Republican or Democrat) of U.S. governors on pollution. Using a regression discontinuity design, gubernatorial election data, and air quality data from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we find that pollution is lower under Democratic governors. We identify that this is mostly due to environmental policies enacted by Democratic governors.
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