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Working Papers

September 2021, No. 21-15

Race and Environmental Worries

Ranie Lin, Lala Ma and Toan Phan

We use survey data to document a strong heterogeneity in stated degrees of worry about environmental problems across racial groups. Minorities are significantly more worried about air and water pollution than their white counterparts, even after controlling for socioeconomic factors and pollution exposure. Our finding implies that residential sorting based on heterogeneous financial resources and heterogeneous levels of environmental concern is unlikely to be the only driver of uneven exposure to pollution across racial groups.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21144/wp21-15

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