Strategic Release of News at the EPA
Resources for the Future; University of Calgary
Elisabeth Newcomb Sinha
University of Maryland - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics
Nitish Ranjan Sinha
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
October 26, 2011
Resources for the Future Discussion Paper No. 11-45
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 33
Keywords: text analysis, computational linguistics, regulation, environment, politics, Environmental Protection Agency
JEL Classification: Q58
Date posted: January 5, 2012
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