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Globalization, firm-level characteristics and environmental management: A study of Japan

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  • Cole, Matthew A.
  • Elliott, Robert J.R.
  • Shimamoto, Kenichi

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Using Japanese firm-level data, we identify and quantify the factors that influence the environmental management of Japanese firms. We measure 14 different aspects of a firm’s environmental management and investigate how firm-level characteristics and external pressures affect the quantity and effectiveness of environmental management systems and structures. Our results show that one consequence of the growth in international trade and FDI is that Japanese firms are increasingly aware of their environmental obligations and that both regulatory and non-regulatory factors play a role in a firm’s decision to quantify and manage the impact their activities have on the environment.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Ecological Economics.

Volume (Year): 59 (2006)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 312-323

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:59:y:2006:i:3:p:312-323

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  1. Svetlana Batrakova & Ronald Davies, 2012. "Is there an environmental benefit to being an exporter? Evidence from firm-level data," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer, vol. 148(3), pages 449-474, September.
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  4. Jing Lan & Makoto Kakinaka & Xianguo Huang, 2012. "Foreign Direct Investment, Human Capital and Environmental Pollution in China," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 51(2), pages 255-275, February.
  5. Roeland Bracke & Tom Verbeke & Veerle Dejonckheere, 2008. "What Determines the Decision to Implement EMAS? A European Firm Level Study," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 41(4), pages 499-518, December.
  6. Haller, Stefanie & Murphy, Liam, 2010. "Corporate Expenditure on Environmental Protection," Papers WP347, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
  7. Iwata, Hiroki & Okada, Keisuke, 2011. "How does environmental performance affect financial performance? Evidence from Japanese manufacturing firms," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 70(9), pages 1691-1700, July.
  8. Facundo Albornoz & Matthew A Cole & Robert J R Elliott & Marco G Ercolani, 2008. "In Search of Environmental Spillovers," Discussion Papers 08-03, Department of Economics, University of Birmingham.
  9. Iwata, Hiroki & Okada, Keisuke, 2010. "How does environmental performance affect financial performance? Evidence from Japanese manufacturing firms," MPRA Paper 27721, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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