Analyzing the Environmental Performance of the Brazilian Industrial Sector

IPEA Discussion Paper No. 1053

23 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2004

See all articles by Ronaldo Seroa da Motta

Ronaldo Seroa da Motta

Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ)

Date Written: November 2004


This study will analyze the determinants of environmental performance in the Brazilian industrial sector. It uses a database conducted by the Brazilian National Confederation of Industries inquiring about questions on environmental management over 325 medium and large firms referred to the year 1997. We have been able to test a proxy of environmental performance, such as a weighted average number of environmental control practices. Consistent with results in the main literature, our study confirms that, apart from some expected characteristics of the firm, as size, sector and foreign ties, demands from communities and market incentives are also very influential determinants. Cost savings on inputs and subsidized credit are found equally important. Based on that, we recommend flexible instruments on pollution control that capture the firm's differentials in characteristics and compliance levels as well as dissemination of information on environmental control and related cost saving opportunities.

Keywords: Economic incentives, environmental performance, Brazilian industrial sector

JEL Classification: D21, Q90, L51, C35

Suggested Citation

Seroa da Motta, Ronaldo, Analyzing the Environmental Performance of the Brazilian Industrial Sector (November 2004). IPEA Discussion Paper No. 1053, Available at SSRN: or

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