Air quality management areas and pollution : evidence from the UK

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Awarding institution
  • University of Strathclyde
Date of award
  • 2021
Thesis identifier
  • T16138
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  • 201762361
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  • This paper investigates the effect of air quality management areas (AQMAs)-local, non-binding commitments to improve air quality -on pollution levels in the United Kingdom. I exploit the staggered declaration of the policy which is triggered when a local authority marginally and temporarily exceeds national air quality benchmarks. The institutional setting thus creates a natural control group, namely local authorities with pollution levels just below the thresholds for the time being. The difference-in-differences estimation suggests that AQMAs fail to lead to decreases in average NO2 concentration and the number of days on which daily NO2 limits are exceeded.
Advisor / supervisor
  • Gehrsitz, Markus
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