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Coming CleanInformation Disclosure and Environmental Performance$
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Michael E. Kraft, Mark Stephan, and Troy D. Abel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014953

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014953.001.0001

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Conclusions and Policy Implications

Conclusions and Policy Implications

(p.177) 7 Conclusions and Policy Implications
Coming Clean

Michael E. Kraft

Mark Stephan

Troy D. Abel

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses the role of social science research in evaluating environmental policies and programs and presents the best way to achieve policy goals while balancing competing evaluative criteria. It focuses on various questions that students of environmental policy have to focus on in the future, where the precise answers to some questions demand the quantitative analysis of available data. The EPA’s announcement of the new mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting requirement in 2009 demonstrates that information disclosure will be a key policy strategy for corporations. The author hopes that various studies of information disclosure and TRI will work on new ways to improve understanding of public policy and its impact and also provide the best policy tools to resolve assessing problems.

Keywords:   environmental policy, information disclosure, social science, evaluative criteria, greenhouse gas

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