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2008-10-21 | EfD Discussion Paper

Does Disclosure Reduce Pollution? Evidence from India's Green Rating Project

Blackman, Allen, Nicholas Powers, Thomas Lyon and Urvashi Narain. 2008. “Does Disclosure Reduce Pollution? Evidence from India's Green Rating Project .” EfD Discussion Paper 08.
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Public disclosure programs that collect and disseminate information about firms’ environmental performance are increasingly popular in both developed and developing countries. Yet little is known about whether they actually improve environmental performance, particularly in the latter setting.

The authors use detailed plant-level survey data to evaluate the impact of India’s Green Rating Project (GRP) on the environmental performance of the country’s largest pulp and paper plants.