Essays in Applied Economics

Essays in Applied Economics

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The first essay of this dissertation focuses on studying the relationship between private politics and corporate environmentalism. This work analyzes the determinants and effects of two private political actions, boycotts and proxy contests. The analysis shows that: (i) the size of a firm is an important predictor of whether a firm will be chosen as a target of an activist campaign; (ii) firms headquartered in states with larger environmental constituencies are more likely to be targeted by activist campaigns; (iii) qdirty firmsq (with larger relative or absolute emissions and/or high level of regulatory scrutiny) are more likely to become targets of an activist campaign; and (iv) private political campaigns are effective in improving the environmental performance of their targets.The industries follow different patterns of TFP change. TFP estimates reported in Table 3.27 derived from models I-IV for printing and publishing industry show very small change in TFP overtime. All these four models show an increase in TFPanbsp;...

Title:Essays in Applied Economics
Author:Sonam Gupta
Publisher:ProQuest - 2009


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