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Environmental Regulation, Investment Timing, and Technology Choice

Wayne Gray () and Ron Shadbegian ()

Journal of Industrial Economics, 1998, vol. 46, issue 2, 235-56

Abstract: The authors test whether environmental regulation affects investment decisions using Census data for individual paper mills. New mills in states with strict environmental regulations choose cleaner production technologies, with differences in air and water pollution regulation also influencing technology choice. Examining investment allocation across existing plants, the authors find that abatement and productive investment tend to be scheduled together. However, plants with high abatement investment over the entire period spend significantly less on productive capital. This seems to reflect both environmental investment 'crowding out' productive investment within a plant and firms shifting investment towards plants facing less stringent abatement requirements. Copyright 1998 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

Date: 1998
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