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Strategic Release of News at the EPA

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  • Muehlenbachs, Lucija

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  • Newcomb Sinha, Elisabeth
  • Ranjan Sinha, Nitish

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Using advances in text analysis, we examine the content and timing of 21,493 press releases issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) between 1994 and 2009. Press releases announcing enforcement actions or regulatory changes were issued more often on Fridays and before holidays, a time when news has the least impact on media coverage and financial markets. Changing the timing of press releases may increase deterrence through awareness of regulation and market reaction to environmental news. We find no evidence of regulatory capture. We compare text analysis techniques that allow data collection from sources previously too expensive to access.

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  • Muehlenbachs, Lucija & Newcomb Sinha, Elisabeth & Ranjan Sinha, Nitish, 2011. "Strategic Release of News at the EPA," Discussion Papers dp-11-45, Resources For the Future.
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    1. Claudia Hitaj & Andrew Stocking, 2014. "Market Efficiency and the U.S. Market for Sulfur Dioxide Allowances: Working Paper 2014-01," Working Papers 45044, Congressional Budget Office.

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    Keywords

    text analysis; computational linguistics; regulation; environment; politics; Environmental Protection Agency;

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    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy

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