Environmental Justice in Austria


Type Research Project

Duration May 2, 2016 - May 26, 2017

  • Economics of Inequality FI (Details)

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  • Zwickl, Klara (Details) Project Head
 

Abstract (German)

Dieses Projekt analysiert den Einfluss von Einkommensungleichheit auf Umweltqualität, welche in dieser Studie durch die ungleiche Verteilung von industrieller Luftverschmutzung definiert wird. Es wird angenommen, dass die Kaufkraft einer Person über deren Zugang zu Umweltqualität entscheidet, da Menschen mit niedrigem Einkommen in Zonen mit starker Luftverschmutzung leben müssen. Diese Hypothese soll mithilfe von Daten des European Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers getestet werden, welches Aufzeichnungen über Emissionen von Industrieanlagen in Europa bereitstellt.


Abstract (English)

This project analyzes whether income inequality has an effect on environmental inequality, which in this research project will be defined as the unequal distribution of industrial air pollution. It is assumed that purchasing power influences the distribution of environmental quality. Economic inequality restricts access to environmental quality. This is the case, for instance, when poor people have to live in areas with high air pollution. Aim of this project is to study the relationship between economic inequality and access to clean and less polluted neighborhoods. The hypothesis will be tested by using data from the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register, which provides data on industrial facilities in Europe.

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