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Ethnic heterogeneity and the enforcement of environmental regulation

  • Julio Videras
  • Christopher Bordoni

We examine the relationship between the administrative enforcement of environmental regulation, ethnic heterogeneity, and other community characteristics in New Jersey and New York. We find that the percentage of non-white population in a community is positively related with administrative penalties imposed on violators. However, penalties are lower in more ethnically diverse communities. This result may be due to the fact that these communities are less likely to coordinate to create solidarity across ethnic groups and demand stronger enforcement.

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Volume (Year): 64 (2006)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 539-562

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