Maximilian Auffhammer

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Maximilian Auffhammer is Associate Professor at the University of California Berkeley, the George Pardee Jr. Chair in Sustainable International Development, and the Director of International Area Studies (auffhammer@berkeley.edu).

Pounds that Kill

Michael L. Anderson and Maximilian Auffhammer

Buying a car can be a stressful process, requiring choices based on quality, fit, and cost. When making this choice, we focus mainly on our own well-being and often ignore the negative effects our purchases may have on others. This illustrates the problem of externalities—public costs and benefits not reflected in the cost of a private choice.

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