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Title: Informal regulation of pollution in a developing country : empirical evidence from India
Authors: Kathuria, Vinish
Keywords: INFORMAL REGULATION
VERNACULAR PRESS
INDUSTRIAL POLLUTION
SMALL SCALE INDUSTRY
DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: SANDEE, Kathmandu, NP
Series/Report no.: SANDEE working paper / South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics,no. 6-04
Abstract: Recent policy discussions recognize the limitations of formal regulations to stem pollution in developing countries. As a result, there is growing interest in the potential of informal regulations to achieve environmental goals. In India, many polluting industries fall under the rubric of the unorganized sector. In such a context, localized pollution may be influenced by discussions and reports on pollution in the vernacular press. This study attempts to test the hypothesis that the press can act as an informal agent of pollution control. This hypothesis is tested using monthly water pollution data from four hotspots in the state of Gujarat, for the period 1996 to 2000. The results show that the press can function as an informal regulator if there is sustained interest in news about pollution. However, not all pollution agents are affected by pollution news. Press coverage appears to mainly influence industrial estates with a mix of small, medium and large industries.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10625/43040
ISBN: 99933-826-5-5
Project Number: 102580
104810
Project Title: South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE)
South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) - Phase II
Appears in Collections:IDRC Research Results / Résultats de recherches du CRDI
2000-2009 / Années 2000-2009
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