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The Effects of Community Characteristics on Polluter Compliance Levels

Dietrich Earnhart

Land Economics, 2004, vol. 80, issue 3, 408-432

Abstract: This paper analyzes the effects of community characteristics on compliance levels— emissions relative to effluent limits—at polluting facilities. In particular, it examines both direct effects and indirect effects; the second type of effects represents the linking of two related effects: (1) effects of community characteristics on regulatory decisions to intervene against specific facilities with inspections and penalties; and (2) effects of regulatory interventions on facility compliance levels. Estimation reveals (1) community characteristics significantly affect both regulatory interventions and facility performance; (2) direct effects and indirect effects are generally comparable in magnitude; and (3) total effects are economically meaningful.

JEL-codes: Q25 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2004
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