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Public disclosure of environmental violations in the Republic of Korea, Volume 1
Author:Jong Ho Long; Laplante, Benoit; Meisner, Craig; Country:Korea, Republic of;
Date Stored:2003/09/23Document Date:2003/08/31
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Environmental Economics & Policies; Water and Industry; National Governance; Health Monitoring & Evaluation; Health Economics & Finance; Public Health Promotion; Decentralization
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:Public Administration, Law, and Justice
Region:East Asia and PacificReport Number:WPS3126
Sub Sectors:Law and justiceCollection Title:Policy, Research working paper ; no. WPS3126
Volume No:1  

Summary: 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.

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