Publication Date

2016-04-28

Availability

Open access

Embargo Period

2016-04-28

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)

Department

Economics (Business)

Date of Defense

2016-03-25

First Committee Member

David Kelly

Second Committee Member

Christopher Parmeter

Third Committee Member

Laura Giuliano

Fourth Committee Member

Christian Traeger

Abstract

Efficiently addressing climate change and waning our dependence on fossil fuels will prove central to ensuring a viable habitat for humanity in the coming centuries. Chapter 1 analyzes stabilization targets - widely employed and well-intentioned environmental policies that ultimately reduce global welfare. Chapter 2 quantifies a healthcare externality stemming from surface mining of coal. Chapter 3 uses a new, novel approach to estimating how the coal mining industry affects markets for residential real estate in three Appalachian counties.

Keywords

Climate change; natural resources; human health

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