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Essays in Public and Environmental Economics

Coury, Michael Robert (2022) Essays in Public and Environmental Economics. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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My dissertation explores how citizens and local governments make decisions regarding the provision of public goods and the implementation of public policy. I particularly focus on how environmental conditions interact with constituent demands in the context of American democracy. In the first chapter, I show how individual demands for government policies are influenced by environmental shocks related to climate change. In the second chapter, I use the example of crime to show voter policy demands are also responsive to short-term, highly localized changes in neighborhood conditions. Finally, in the third chapter, I show that one of the most expensive infrastructure projects ever undertaken by an American municipality proved to be a worthwhile investment even as it reshaped the urban environment.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Coury, Michael Robertmrc93@pitt.edumrc93
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairShertzer,
Committee CoChairWalsh,
Committee MemberLa Nauze,
Committee MemberFerrara,
Committee MemberJones,
Date: 6 June 2022
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 15 March 2022
Approval Date: 6 June 2022
Submission Date: 25 March 2022
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 171
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Economics
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Public Economics; Environmental Economics; Political Economy
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2022 15:59
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2022 15:59


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