Back to the list of projects

Inequality in exposure to air pollution and the urban structure

Inequality in exposure to air pollution may reinforce preexisting health and income inequality, and is therefore a growing concern for French policy-makers and the general public. This project aims to analyse the mechanisms underlying this form of inequality, paying special attention to their links with urban dynamics. It thus lays at a crossroads between Urban Economics and Environmental Economics. First, it seeks to provide a finer and more precise measure of inequality in exposure to air pollution in France, and to evaluate the impact of specific environmental policies on these inequalities. It also aims at a better understanding of the potential vectors (commuting, housing insulation…) and the mechanisms at the root of these inequalities (e.g., sorting à la Tiebout, 1956).