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Self-Policing in a Targeted Enforcement Regime

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  • Sarah L. Stafford

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    (The College of William & Mary, Department of Economics, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795, USA)

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    This paper adds to the debate over whether self-policing can increase environmental protection by considering an issue that has been ignored in previous models—that self-policing may influence future enforcement. The model combines self-policing with targeted enforcement and allows for both deliberate and inadvertent violations. As expected, rewarding self-policers with more lenient future enforcement increases auditing, remediation, and disclosure of inadvertent violations. Self-policing can also serve as a complement to deliberate compliance and can thus further increase environmental performance. However, under reasonable conditions, self-policing can be a substitute for deliberate compliance and could therefore be detrimental to environmental protection.

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    Article provided by Southern Economic Association in its journal Southern Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 74 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 4 (April)
    Pages: 934-951

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    Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:74:4:y:2008:p:934-951

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    Cited by:
    1. Telle, Kjetil, 2013. "Monitoring and enforcement of environmental regulations," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 99(C), pages 24-34.
    2. Kjetil Telle, 2012. "Monitoring and enforcement of environmental regulations. Lessons from a natural field experiment in Norway," Discussion Papers 680, Research Department of Statistics Norway.
    3. Mary Evans & Lirong Liu & Sarah Stafford, 2011. "Do environmental audits improve long-term compliance? Evidence from manufacturing facilities in Michigan," Journal of Regulatory Economics, Springer, vol. 40(3), pages 279-302, December.

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