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Political influence on environmental sanction charges in Swedish municipalities

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  • Sjöberg, Eric

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    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm University)

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Earlier literature has established that enforcement of the Swedish Environmental Code varies greatly across municipalities. This is problematic due to differences in application of the law and from an efficiency perspective. This study shows that the variation can to some extent be explained by the ruling political coalition. Green Party representation in the ruling coalition is estimated to have a positive effect on the number of environmental sanction charges handed out by the local environmental offices. A difference in differences approach and IV- estimation is used to address the endogeneity issues. I argue for the random distribution of local party representation in the municipal council and use the absence of local parties as an instrument for Green Party representation in the ruling coalition.

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Paper provided by Stockholm University, Department of Economics in its series Research Papers in Economics with number 2012:6.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 11 Jun 2012
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:sunrpe:2012_0006

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Keywords: Environmental code; Decentralization; Law enforcement;

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