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Capital markets responses to environmental performance in developing countries

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  • Dasgupta, Susmita
  • Laplante, Benoit
  • Mamingi, Nlandu

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Firms in developing countries are often said to have no incentives to invest in pollution control because they typically face weak monitoring and enforcement of environmental regulations. But the inability of formal institutions to control pollution through fines and penalties may not be as serious an impediment to pollution control as is generally argued, contend the authors. Capital markets may react negatively to news of adverse environmental incidents (such as spills or violations of permits) as well as positively to the announcement that a firm is using cleaner technologies. The authors assess whether capital markets in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and the Philippines react to the announcement of firm-specific environmental news. They show that: I) Capital markets react positively ( the firms'market value increases) to the announcement of rewards and explicit recognition of superior environmental performance. ii) They react negatively (the firms'value decreases) to citizens'complaints. Environmental regulators in developing countries could 1) harness market forces by introducing structured programs to release firm-specific information about environmental performance, and 2) empower communities and stakeholders through environmental education programs.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 1909.

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Keywords: Microfinance; Water and Industry; Small and Medium Size Enterprises; Environmental Economics&Policies; Small Scale Enterprise; Water and Industry; Agricultural Research; Small Scale Enterprise; Private Participation in Infrastructure; Environmental Economics&Policies;

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  1. Shahbaz, Muhammad, 2010. "Does financial instability increase environmental pollution in Pakistan?," MPRA Paper 31360, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 28 Mar 2011.
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