【Applied seminar】Freedom of Information and Industrial Pollution

  • 研討會日期 : 2022-02-22
  • 時間 : 14:30
  • 主講人 : Professor Po-Hsuan Hsu (許博炫)
  • 地點 : online or Conference Room B110
  • 主持人 : Professor Chun-Che Chi
  • 演講者簡介 : Professor Hsu received his Ph.D. in Finance from Columbia University in 2007. He is currently a Professor and Yushan Scholar at National Tsing Hua University. His research interests are Asset pricing, technological innovations, entrepreneurship, and financial econometrics.
  • 演講摘要 : The transparency of the information environment in which US firms operate, as measured by the strength of state-level freedom of information (FOI) laws, is negatively associated with industrial pollution. Not only do the emissions of firms decrease as FOI laws become stronger, the overall level of emissions in a state is negatively related to the total number of FOI requests received by the state’s environmental department or agency. Notably, the negative association between the strength of FOI laws and pollution emissions is concentrated in states with lower pollution abatement costs, more efficient governments, more lenient environmental policies, and higher preexisting levels of public corruption. These findings suggest that strengthening public access to information on governmental activities, especially those related to the regulation and monitoring of industrial pollution, mitigates polluting behavior.