Data and Code for: Going Beneath the Surface: Petroleum Pollution, Regulation, and Health

Version
V0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Marcus, Michelle (Vanderbilt University)
Publication Date
2020-12-15
Free Keywords
pollution; government regulation; avoidance behavior; leaking underground storage tanks
Description
  • Abstract

    This paper quantifies the health impacts of petroleum leaks from underground storage tanks, the effectiveness of tank regulation, and the role of information as a policy tool in the same setting. Exposure to a leaking underground storage tank during gestation increases both the probability of low birth weight and preterm birth by 7-8 percent. Compliance with regulations requiring the adoption of preventative technologies mitigated the entire effect of leak exposure on low birth weight, and information increased avoidance and moving among highly educated mothers. Back-of-the-envelope calculations suggest the health benefits of preventative regulations exceed the upgrade cost to facilities.
Geographic Coverage
  • Pennsylvania, Florida, and New Jersey
Availability
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Relations
  • Has version
    DOI: 10.3886/E115545V1

Update Metadata: 2020-12-15 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-12-15