Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 4-2008

Abstract

This paper adds to the debate over whether self-policing can increase environmental protection by considering an issue that has been ignored in previous models-that self-policing may influence future enforcement. The model combines self-policing with targeted enforcement and allows for both deliberate and inadvertent violations. As expected, rewarding self-policers with more lenient future enforcement increases auditing, remediation, and disclosure of inadvertent violations. Self-policing can also serve as a complement to deliberate compliance and can thus further increase environmental performance. However, under reasonable conditions, self-policing can be a substitute for deliberate compliance and could therefore be detrimental to environmental protection.

Journal Title

Southern Economic Journal

DOI

10.2307/20112008

Volume

74

Issue

4

First Page

934

Included in

Economics Commons

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