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Voluntary development of environmental management systems: motivations and regulatory implications

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  • Toshihiro Uchida

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  • Paul Ferraro

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Encouraging firms to develop voluntarily more comprehensive environmental management systems (EMSs) is touted as a policy tool to augment mandatory environmental regulations. Using a unique dataset of environmental management practices of Japanese manufacturers and controlling for self-selection bias in survey responses, we find that proxies for regulatory pressures and consumer pressures are the most important factors that motivate firms toward more comprehensive EMSs. Despite the oft-claimed “voluntary” nature of EMS development, our results show that the government may have a role to play in both directly and indirectly affecting EMS development by firms. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

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  • Toshihiro Uchida & Paul Ferraro, 2007. "Voluntary development of environmental management systems: motivations and regulatory implications," Journal of Regulatory Economics, Springer, vol. 32(1), pages 37-65, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:regeco:v:32:y:2007:i:1:p:37-65
    DOI: 10.1007/s11149-006-9016-6
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    Keywords

    Environmental management; Japan; Pollution; Voluntary approaches; Q5; L5;

    JEL classification:

    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • L5 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy

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