Date of Award

Summer 8-3-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Partha Deb

Second Advisor

Bipasha Chatterjee

Academic Program Adviser

Karna Basu


This paper uses difference-in-difference regression models to examine how state-level pollution discharge permits on concentrated animal feeding operations affect U.S. water quality. I ultimately deem the permitting to be ineffective at improving water quality, calling attention to the need to re-evaluate the ``socially optimal level of pollution."



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