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Social Capital and Environmental Justice: An Agent-Based Model

March 17, 2014 11:00 AM

This week, we look at a paper in the APPAM Online Paper Collection by Adam Eckerd, Virginia Tech; Heather E. Campbell, Claremont Graduate University; and Yushim Kim, Arizona State University. Social Capital and Environmental Justice: An Agent-Based Model was presented during the session Methods for Addressing Social System Complexity in Policy Evaluation with an Application to Public Health at the 2013 Fall Research Conference.

Among several competing explanations for observed environmental injustices in society, this paper focuses on the hypothesis regarding communities' potentials to engage in collective actions against the siting of unwanted facilities. By assuming that residents have a propoensity to mount political opposition to the siting of and environmental disamenity, we build an agent-based model using assumptions of the Coase theorem. The simulation outcomes under the four decision scenarios were unexpected.

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