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Decentralized Regulation, Environmental Efficiency and Productivity
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.
Högskolan i Jönköping, Internationella Handelshögskolan, IHH, Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO).ORCID-id: 0000-0001-5776-9396
Högskolan i Jönköping, Internationella Handelshögskolan.
2014 (engelsk)Rapport (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [en]

Using a unique plant-level dataset we examine green productivity growth in Sweden’s heavily regulated pulp and paper industry, which has historically been a significant contributor to air and water pollution. Our exercise is interesting as Sweden has a unique regulatory structure where plants have to comply with national environmental regulatory standards and enforcement, along with decentralised plant-specific regulations. In our analysis, we use the sequential Malmquist-Luenberger productivity index which accounts for air and water pollutants as undesirable outputs. Some of our key findings are: (1) regulation has stimulated technical change related to pollution control, and has induced plants to catch up with the best-practice technology frontier with regard to effluent abatement; (2) large plants are more heavily regulated than small plants; (3) plants in environmentally less sensitive areas or those with local importance as employer face relatively lenient regulatory constraints; (4) environmental regulations trigger localized knowledge spillovers between nearby plants, boosting their green TFP growth.

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies (CESIS) , 2014. , s. 49
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Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation ; 342
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TFP, DEA, Sequential Malmquist - Luenberger productivity index, pulp and paper industry, pollution, environmental regulations, enforcement, plant - specific regulation, productivity, Porter hypothesis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-23492OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-23492DiVA, id: diva2:697534
Tilgjengelig fra: 2014-02-18 Laget: 2014-02-18 Sist oppdatert: 2018-09-13bibliografisk kontrollert

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