Clean air, fresh water, and thriving natural resources are a universal human right, but protections for and access to environmental quality are often inequitably distributed along the lines of race and class. To create lasting, effective solutions, we are collaborating with environmental justice scholars and practitioners to co-develop a research agenda that examines the strengths and weaknesses of environmental markets in their ability to deliver equitable social and environmental outcomes. Some examples of broad questions that we expect to consider include:
- Under what conditions do environmental markets yield equitable outcomes? Under what conditions do they exacerbate injustice?
- What environmental problems can be equitably addressed using market solutions, and what problems cannot?
- Is there a role for markets in the suite of solutions that are intended to address environmental injustices? If not, what are the alternatives that will accomplish this goal?
- How can markets and other interventions be designed to improve justice outcomes?