The Costs and Benefits of Environmental Regulation presents a thorough investigation into environmental regulation, its economic and financial effects and the associated costs and benefits. A variety of issues, pertaining to regulation in general and environmental regulation in particular, are examined. These issues include the theories of regulation and how it is viewed in terms of the free market doctrine, forms of regulation, command-and-control regulation as opposed to market-based regulation and the cost-benefit analysis of environmental regulation.
The authors present an extensive survey of the empirical evidence on the determinants of environmental performance as well as the effects of environmental regulation on the costs of production, plant location, firm-level productivity, stock prices and returns, profitability, market value, financial risk, employment, competitiveness, international trade, aggregate output and aggregate productivity. The authors conclude that it is essential to allocate appropriate funds to combat the environmental damage we are inflicting on the planet.
Presenting a comprehensive survey of the costs, benefits and effects of environmental regulation and written mostly in simple language that is accessible to the non-specialist, the book will prove an essential resource for academics, research students and policy makers in the fields of environmental regulation and economics.
Imad A. Moosa, Professor of Finance, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and Vikash Ramiah, Associate Professor of Applied Finance, University of South Australia Business School (UNISA), Australia
Contents: Preface 1. Regulation: Definition and Classification 2. Regulation and the Free Market Doctrine 3. Theories of Regulation 4. Environmental Regulation: Some Basic Issues 5. Cost-Benefit Analysis: Identification of Costs and Benefits 6. The Cost-Benefit Analysis Debate 7. The Microeconomic Effects of Environmental Regulation 8. The Financial Effects of Environmental Regulation 9. The Macroeconomic Effects of Environmental Regulation: Employment, Trade and Competitiveness 10. The Macroeconomic Effects of Environmental Regulation: Aggregate Output and Productivity 11. Environmental Regulation in Australia: The Failure of `Wax and Wane' Policies 12. Environmental Regulation in China: A Life-Saving Mechanism in a Pollution Haven 13. Summary and Concluding Remarks Appendix to Chapter 13 References Index