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The Benefits of Improved Environmental Accounting: An Economic Framework to Identify Priorities

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  • Boyd, James

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Improved environmental accounting is increasingly seen by corporate managers and environmental advocates alike as a necessary complement to improved environmental decision-making within the private sector. This paper develops an economic approach to the evaluation of environmental accounting's benefits and derives the value, and determinants, of improved accounting information in several production and capital budgeting contexts. Using concepts from managerial economics, finance, and organizational theory, the analysis identifies the types of environmental accounting improvement that are most likely to yield significant financial and environmental benefits.

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Paper provided by Resources For the Future in its series Discussion Papers with number dp-98-49.

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Date of creation: 01 Sep 1998
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Handle: RePEc:rff:dpaper:dp-98-49

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  1. Robert S. Pindyck, 1990. "Irreversibility, Uncertainty, and Investment," NBER Working Papers 3307, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Boyd, James, 1998. "Searching for the Profit in Pollution Prevention: Case Studies in the Corporate Evaluation of Environmental Opportunities," Discussion Papers dp-98-30, Resources For the Future.
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  1. Bose, Sudipta, 2006. "Environmental Accounting and Reporting in Fossil Fuel Sector : A Study on Bangladesh Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation (Petrobangla)," MPRA Paper 7995, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Schilizzi, Steven & Lesourd, Jean-Baptiste, 2001. "Accounting systems and environmental decision making: what costs, what benefits?," 2001 Conference (45th), January 23-25, 2001, Adelaide 125929, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
  3. Boyd, James & Manson, Cynthia, 2011. "Attributing Benefits to Voluntary Programs in EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery: Challenges and Options," Discussion Papers dp-11-09, Resources For the Future.

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