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Environmental regulations and market power: The case of the Korean manufacturing industries


  • Lee, Myunghun


In Korea, economic growth between 1980 and the mid-1990s was barely affected by environmental regulations. It could be the case that industries with more market power exercised more political power, which was translated into less expensive regulation, e.g., less rigorous monitoring or enforcement efforts. In this paper, we test a negative relationship between market power and the contribution of environmental regulations to productivity growth. A restricted cost function is jointly estimated with an inverse supply relation to measure the productivity growth effect of regulations and the degree of market power in 15 sub-industries in the Korean manufacturing industries over the period 1983-93.

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  • Lee, Myunghun, 2008. "Environmental regulations and market power: The case of the Korean manufacturing industries," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 68(1-2), pages 205-209, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:68:y:2008:i:1-2:p:205-209

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    1. Lee, Myunghun, 2011. "Measurement of market power for the environmentally regulated Korean iron and steel manufacturing industry," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 36(3), pages 249-254, September.
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    3. David Styles & Francesco Testa & Fabio Iraldo, 2010. "Direct regulation is an efficient approach to industrial environmental improvement: empirical evidence and perceptions from chemical manufacturers in Ireland and Italy," Working Papers 201002, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa, Istituto di Management.


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