Disparities in PM2.5 air pollution in the United States

Jonathan Colmer, Ian Hardman, Jay Shimshack, and John Voorheis

Our paper, published in Science, shows that while there have been substantial reductions in PM2.5 over the last few decades, meaningful disparities persist. The most polluted areas in 1981 are still the most polluted. The disadvantaged communities that were exposed to more pollution in 1981 are still more exposed to more pollution today.

Why are Pollution Damages Lower in Developed Countries? Insights from High-Income, High-Particulate Matter Hong Kong

Jonathan Colmer, Siying Liu, Dajun Lin, and Jay Shimshack

Our paper, published in the Journal of Health Economics, provides evidence to suggest that health damages from pollution are high in less-developed countries because they are less developed, not because they are more polluted. A link to an ungated working paper can be found here.

The Grandkids Aren't Alright: The Intergenerational Effects of Pollution Exposure

Jonathan Colmer and John Voorheis

Our new Working Paper provides evidence that early life exposure to air pollution has intergenerational consequences. A non-technical summary can be found here.

Air Pollution and Economic Opportunity in the United States

Jonathan Colmer, John Voorheis, and Brennan Williams

Our new Working Paper presents to suggest that disparities in environmental quality may play a meaningful role in explaining observed patterns of income inequality and economic opportunity in the United States.