Air quality management areas and pollution : evidence from the UK

  • Ali Taleb

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This paper investigates the effect of air quality management areas (AQMAs)-local, non-binding commitments to improve air quality -on pollution levels in the United Kingdom. I exploit the staggered declaration of the policy which is triggered when a local authority marginally and temporarily exceeds national air quality benchmarks. The institutional setting thus creates a natural control group, namely local authorities with pollution levels just below the thresholds for the time being. The difference-in-differences estimation suggests that AQMAs fail to lead to decreases in average NO2 concentration and the number of days on which daily NO2 limits are exceeded.
Date of Award24 Feb 2021
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University Of Strathclyde
SupervisorMarkus Gehrsitz (Supervisor) & David Comerford (Supervisor)

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