Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/64231
Authors: 
Ash, Michael
Boyce, James K.
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, University of Massachusetts, Department of Economics 2008-16
Abstract: 
Measures of corporate environmental justice performance can be a valuable tool in efforts to promote corporate social responsibility and to document systematic patterns of environmental injustice. This paper develops such a measure based on the extent to which toxic air emissions from industrial facilities disproportionately impact racial and ethnic minorities and low-income people. Applying the measure to 100 major corporate air polluters in the United States, we find wide variation in the extent of disproportional exposures. In a number of cases, minorities bear more than half of the total human health impacts from the firm's industrial air pollution.
Subjects: 
corporate social responsibility
corporate environmental performance
environmental justice
air pollution
JEL: 
M14
Q52
Q56
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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