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Jay P. Shimshack

The scope and scale of information provision as environmental policy has grown dramatically in recent decades. In principle, disclosure instruments hold great promise. In practice, the evidence is mixed. This chapter reviews what we know about environmental information provision from a policy perspective. The survey considers theories and mechanisms potentially driving outcomes, potential advantages of disclosure programs relative to alternatives, the empirical evidence on effectiveness, implications for policy and practice, and gaps in knowledge. Environmental information provision, despite potential theoretical and political promise, is not a proverbial magic bullet. Environmental disclosure in the real world is complicated by subtle design details and behavioral realities.

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Abstract How do we know when and where monitoring and enforcement actions enhance environmental compliance and performance in the real world? This chapter reviews a growing literature that quantitatively measures the deterrence effects of environmental monitoring and enforcement activity. The focus is on the ‘how and why’ of empirical deterrence measurement. Key topics include: the promise of deterrence measurement, data requirements, empirical approaches and methodological challenges. The chapter concludes with a brief summary of key results and knowledge gaps.