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Public disclosure of environmental violations in the Republic of Korea

Jong Ho Long, Benoit Laplante and Craig Meisner ()

No 3126, Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank

Abstract: Since 1989, environmental authorities of the Republic of Korea have published on a monthly basis a list of enterprises violating the country's environmental rules and regulations. This may be the longest environmental public disclosure program currently in existence. Over the period 1993-2001 in excess of 7,000 violations have been recorded in these monthly violation lists, involving more than 3,400 different companies. In this paper, the authors provide a comprehensive descriptive analysis of this dataset. Results suggest that the news media have given an important, though perhaps declining coverage, to the violation lists, with a focus on publicly traded companies, failures to operate pollution abatement equipment, and prosecutions.

Keywords: Environmental Economics&Policies; Health Monitoring&Evaluation; Decentralization; Public Health Promotion; Water and Industry; Environmental Economics&Policies; Health Monitoring&Evaluation; Water and Industry; Health Economics&Finance; National Governance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003-08-31
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