"Every breath you take ... ": The demographics of toxic air releases in Southern California


Journal Article (Review)

In this article, the authors investigate the relationship between ethnicity and potential environmental hazards in the metropolitan Los Angeles area. Using a variety of techniques, including geographic information systems (GIS) mapping, univariate comparisons, and logit, ordered logit, and tobit regression analysis, the authors find that, even controlling for other factors such as income and the extent of manufacturing employment and land use, minority residents tend to be disproportionately located in neighborhoods surrounding toxic air emissions. The results generally support the propositions of the proponents of "environmental justice "; in the conclusion, they consider what this might mean for urban land use and environmental policy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sadd, JL; Pastor, M; Boer, JT; Snyder, LD

Published Date

  • January 1, 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 107 - 123

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0891-2424

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/089124249901300201

Citation Source

  • Scopus