Thursday, September 22, 2016

APPAM Announces 2016 Kershaw Award Winner

The Association of Public Policy and Management (APPAM) is pleased to announce that the 2016 David N. Kershaw Award Winner is Dr. Varun Rai of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Rai will give a featured presentation during the 2016 Fall Research Conference on Friday, November 4.

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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.

Read the full paper. [PDF]

 

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