Date of Award

12-1-2016

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Economics

First Advisor

Sylwester, Kevin

Second Advisor

Burnett, Royce

Abstract

The purpose of this three-part study is to analyze the concept of sustainability and its pillars at the county level from a cost management prospective. The first chapter, examine the relationship between resource allocation and environmental management, where I attempt to empirically demonstrate that reallocating resources toward social goods without increasing total spending could in fact improve environmental performance by the county. The second chapter, eco-efficiency and its outcome are examined at the county level as an approach to measuring the competitiveness of fiscal policy (input) in improving environmental performance (output) and its impact on the overall financial condition of the county (outcome). The third chapter, assess the extent to which economic development at the county level benefit from the presence of pro-active environmental efforts such as recycling programs. In this three-part study, I employ a sample of 66 Florida counties from 2005 to 2014.

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