The ISO 14001 standard and firms' environmental performance: Evidence from the U.S. Transportation equipment manufacturers

Mehdi Nemati, Yuqing Zheng, Wuyang Hu

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Abstract

Manufacturers have relied on environmental management systems to meet government environmental regulations, enhance their environmental performance, and reduce their impact on the environment. We investigate the impact of ISO 14001 certification on manufacturers' toxic release levels. We applied the censored quantile instrumental variable estimator (CQIV) to data on U.S. transportation equipment manufacturing subsector facilities. Results show that for large firms, encouraging voluntary adoption of ISO 14001 might be an effective government strategy to reduce on-site pollution. However, for small firms and for the purpose of reducing off-site pollution, other economic incentives or regulations might be warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-438
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Volume44
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2019

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© 2019 Western Agricultural Economics Association.

Keywords

  • Censored quantile regression
  • Heterogeneity
  • Manufacturing
  • Toxic release

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Economics and Econometrics

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