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Industrial environmental performance in China - the impact of inspections, Volume 1
Author:Dasgupta, Susmita; Laplante, Benoit; Namingi, Nlandu; Hua Wang; Country:China;
Date Stored:2000/03/03Document Date:2000/02/29
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Environmental Economics & Policies; Water Conservation; Water and Industry; Health Monitoring & Evaluation; TF030632-DANISH CTF - FY05 (DAC PART COUNTRIES GNP PER CAPITA BELOW USD 2,500/AL; Public Health Promotion; Sanitation and Sewerage
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:(Historic)Environment
Region:East Asia and PacificReport Number:WPS2285
Sub Sectors:Pollution Control / Waste ManagementCollection Title:Policy, Research working paper ; no. WPS 2285
Volume No:1  

Summary: Little empirical research has been done on monitoring and enforcement issues in environmental economics, especially to analyze the impact of monitoring and enforcement on polluters' environmental performance. No studies have been done in developing economies. The authors explore the impact of inspections, and the potential impact of pollution charges and citizen's complaints, on the environmental performance of polluters in China. Their analysis of plant-level data from the city of Zhenjiang shows that: 1) Inspections have a statistically significant impact on firm's environmental performance. 2) Pollution charges do not have a statistically significant effect on firms' performance - although the lack of variation in pollution charges in Zhenjiang precludes effectively capturing their impact. 3) Complaints have a significant impact on inspections and therefore on pollution control. Currently available data do not allow analysis of whether the cost of additional inspections is justified, but it is reasonable to speculate that additional inspections would improve social welfare in Zhenjiang, and that information and education campaigns are probably a good way to encourage citizen complaints.

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