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Wednesday, April 22, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Baxter B125

▶︎ CANCELED: CANCELED | Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

This seminar has been canceled.
Karam Kang, Associate Professor of Economics, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University,

Title: Understanding Disparities in Punishment: Regulator Preferences and Expertise

Abstract: We exploit institutional changes in the enforcement of water quality regulations in California, and study regulatory discretion by identifying and estimating a structural model of strategic interactions between a regulator and a privately-informed discharger. We find that even if the regulator's objective function were the same across dischargers, differences in the punishment of violations would mostly persist. Moreover, we quantify the extent to which employing regulators' knowledge about dischargers can be beneficial. Specifically, we find that limiting regulatory discretion would, on average, raise enforcement costs and increase violations by dischargers with relatively high benefits of compliance.

For more information, please contact Barbara Estrada by phone at 626-395-4083 or by email at bestrada@hss.caltech.edu or visit the full paper here.