The Effects of Mandatory Pollution Abatement on Corporate Investment and Performance: Theory and Evidence from a U.S. Regulation

51 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2018 Last revised: 4 Jul 2019

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Tri Vi Dang

Columbia University - Department of Economics

Youan Wang

The University of Hong Kong

Zigan Wang

The University of Hong Kong - School of Economics and Finance; Columbia University

Date Written: December 19, 2018

Abstract

This paper analyses the effect of mandatory pollution abatement on U.S. corporate investment and performance and shows that environmental regulation can stimulate investment in innovation. The following set of theoretical and empirical results are presented. For financially unconstrained firms, mandatory pollution abatement leads to more current R&D investment, more future investment in pollution abatement, reduces current profits, increases future profits and reduces the market value of the firm. However, if firms are financially constrained three of the five consequences are different. It leads to less current R&D investment, less future investment in pollution abatement and lower future profits.

Keywords: Regulation, Mandatory Pollution Abatement, R&D, Firm Value

JEL Classification: G32, G38, Q58

Suggested Citation

Dang, Tri Vi and WANG, Youan and Wang, Zigan, The Effects of Mandatory Pollution Abatement on Corporate Investment and Performance: Theory and Evidence from a U.S. Regulation (December 19, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3257675 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3257675

Tri Vi Dang

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