Published in the Journal of Environmental Economics & Management 50 ( 2005 ) : 519 - 540 ( with minor revisions ) Regulator Reputation , Enforcement , and Environmental Compliance


This paper explores empirically the impact of enforcement efforts on environmental compliance, focusing on the role of regulator reputation spillover effects. We find that, on the margin, the impact of a fine for water pollutant violations is about a two-thirds reduction in the statewide violation rate in the year following a fine. This large result obtains… (More)

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