The pollution release and transfer register system in the U.S. and Japan : an analysis of productivity

Fujii, Hidemichi, Managi, Shunsuke, & Kawahara, Hiromitsu (2011) The pollution release and transfer register system in the U.S. and Japan : an analysis of productivity. Journal of Cleaner Production, 19(12), pp. 1330-1338.

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Abstract

This study analyzes Total Factor Productivity (TFP), which includes all categories of productivity. Our measure investigates productivity in the context of the provision and dissemination of environmental information policies. We investigated data on the emission of toxic chemical substances for the U.S. and Japanese manufacturing firms, including 386 firms for the period 1999-2007 and 466 firms for the period 2001-2008. The results show that productivity improved in all nine industrial sectors and that pollution levels were high in the U.S. and Japan from 2001 to 2007. In particular, the electronics industry improved rapidly after 2002 in both countries, which may be attributed to the enforcement of RoHS and the REACH directive in Europe. As a result of these stringent policies on toxic chemical emissions, the U.S. and Japanese firms, many of which export to the European market, have strong incentives to reduce their toxic chemical emissions.

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ID Code: 75456
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Environmentally sensitive productivity; Japan; Manufacturing sector; Pollution release and transfer register; Toxic chemical substances; United States
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2011.01.010
ISSN: 0959-6526
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Deposited On: 24 Aug 2014 23:23
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2014 00:01

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