Missing Out on Going Green? Economic and Health Outcomes of New Jersey's Leaving the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Open Access

Gorman, Ryan Patrick (2015)

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This paper examines the impact that leaving the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) has had on electricity prices and asthma-related health outcomes in New Jersey. Specifying a variety of treatment dates and treatment effect timelines, this research finds that, with regard to either outcome of interest, there was no statistically significant treatment effect. New Jersey did not, as many predicted, experience lower residential electricity prices after leaving the program, nor did the state experience an increase in asthma symptoms or attacks. Results prescribe continued investigation of New Jersey's post-RGGI experience, as well as closer examination of the different ways that participation in the program has affected Maryland and Delaware.

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I. Introduction 1

II. Literature Review 2

III. Methodology 10

IV. Economic Outcomes 11

V. Health Outcomes 22

VI. Conclusion 34

References 35

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