nep-res New Economics Papers
on Resource Economics
Issue of 2015‒07‒11
two papers chosen by
Maximo Rossi
Universidad de la República

  1. Press and Leaks: Do Newspapers Reduce Toxic Emissions? By Pamela Campa
  2. Using Stated Preference Methods to Design Cost-Effective Subsidy Programs to Induce Technology Adoption. An Application to a Stove Program in Southern Chile By Felipe Vásquez; Walter Gómez; Hugo Salgado; Carlos Chávez

  1. By: Pamela Campa (University of Calgary)
    Abstract: This paper investigates whether media presence affects corporate environmental decisions. Using data on plant-level toxic emissions in 1996-2009 from the US Environmental Protection Agency's Toxics Release Inventory and newly collected data on newspapers locations and content, I find that an increase in the number of newspapers near a plant raises the press coverage of the plant's toxic emissions and reduces the amount of these emissions. The effect of newspapers on toxic emissions is specific to industries that produce consumer goods, and is larger in counties that were subject to extreme levels of cancer incidence in the recent past.
    Date: 2015–07–01
  2. By: Felipe Vásquez; Walter Gómez; Hugo Salgado; Carlos Chávez (School of Business and Economics, Universidad del Desarrollo)
    Abstract: We study the design of an economic incentive based program –a subsidy- to induce adoption of more efficient technology in a pollution reduction program in southern Chile. Stated preferences methods, contingent valuation (CV), and choice experiment (CE) are used to estimate the probability of adoption and the willingness to share the cost of a new technology by a household.
    Keywords: Stated preferences, cost-effectiveness, environmental policy, urban pollution, households, contingent valuation, choice experiments.
    Date: 2013–08

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