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The Economic Impact on the Construction Industry of Additional Demands Caused by New Environmental Protection Standards (1972)

Paper Number: EE-0128

Document Date: 12/29/1972

Author(s):  Sobotka and Company; McKee-Berger-Mansueto Incorporated

Subject Area(s):

Economic Analysis, Economic Impacts, Financing Pollution Control

Keywords:  Economic Analysis, Economic Impacts, Financing Pollution Control


New facilities and additions to existing facilities will be required to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's new environmental quality standards. The extent of these additional demands for construction, and their impact on the costs and volume of construction activity during the 1972-1980 period, are assessed in this study.

The objectives of the study were to: 

1. Describe the important characteristics of the construction industry,
2. Estimate the magnitude of the demand for construction services stimulated by new EPA standards,
3. Determine whether the construction industry would be physically capable of providing the additional services demanded of it,
4. Assess the impact of this increased demand on construction costs and on the volume of other construction that will be put in place, and
5. Identify methods for reducing the dislocations resulting from EPA-stimulated demands.

This paper is part of the  Environmental Economics Research Inventory.

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