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Information Disclosure Policies: Evidence From The Electricity Industry

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  • MAGALI DELMAS
  • MARIA J. MONTES-SANCHO
  • JAY P. SHIMSHACK

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"While theory suggests that information programs may correct market failures and improve welfare, the empirical impacts of these policies remain undetermined. We show that mandatory disclosure programs in the electricity industry achieve stated policy goals. We find that the proportion of fossil fuels decreases, and the proportion of clean fuels increases in response to disclosure programs. However, the programs may produce unintended consequences. For example, programs may make "clean" firms cleaner, while leaving "dirty" firms relatively unchanged. If the marginal benefits of pollution abatement are larger at dirty firms than at clean firms, disclosure programs may induce inefficient abatement allocations." ("JEL" D83, Q58, D21) Copyright (c) 2009 Western Economic Association International.

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  • Magali Delmas & Maria J. Montes-Sancho & Jay P. Shimshack, 2010. "Information Disclosure Policies: Evidence From The Electricity Industry," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 48(2), pages 483-498, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecinqu:v:48:y:2010:i:2:p:483-498
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    JEL classification:

    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy
    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory

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