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Three Essays on the Economic Well-Being of Communities Near Energy Development

Harleman, Max (2021) Three Essays on the Economic Well-Being of Communities Near Energy Development. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Recent United States energy policies have sought to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while keeping fuel and electricity prices affordable. For example, continued promotion of the burgeoning natural gas and renewable energy industries, along with the installation of new utility infrastructure, could provide extensive economic benefits. However, in each of these industries, local communities have faced disamenities, often without sharing in the associated benefits. Citizens have responded by opposing development, resulting in outcomes that range from delays caused by prolonged zoning hearings, to statewide bans on unconventional natural gas development. This suggests that policymakers must understand and address disamenities, or else risk the creation of inequities or the prevention of otherwise welfare improving investments. This dissertation is comprised of three essays, each of which aims to develop our understanding of the distribution of costs and benefits near energy developments, and the extent to which public policy can modify them to promote the well-being of both local communities and society.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Harleman, Maxmaxharleman@gmail.commrh1050000-0001-5924-5297
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairWeber, Jeremy
Committee MemberMendeloff,
Committee MemberJones, Daniel
Committee MemberShertzer,
Committee MemberBerkowitz,
Date: 4 June 2021
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 26 April 2021
Approval Date: 4 June 2021
Submission Date: 27 April 2021
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 192
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public and International Affairs > Public and International Affairs
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Energy and Environmental Policy
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2021 11:56
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2021 11:56


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