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Abstract

Those charged with drafting and enforcing our environmental laws have had to work with little or no information about whether or not these programs are actually working properly. There are a host of reasons for this, many of them, having to do with availability of data that can be examined empirically. Using newly available, data on state actions in environmental enforcement, and a new data set of state environmental expenditures which they created, the authors of this Article are able to examine for the first time the relationship between state environmental expenditures and the effectiveness of state environmental enforcement for all permitted sources. They conclude that state expenditures on environmental programs are strongly associated with effective environmental compliance, which has important implications for environmental law and policy. The authors also examine the debate over the effectiveness of cooperative-versus deterrence-based enforcement, relate that to findings on state expenditures, and make suggestions for improving the availability of data and environmental enforcement generally Reprinted by permission of the publisher.

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