Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
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Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Institutional Affiliation: Carnegie Mellon University
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|May 2018||Livestreaming Pollution: A New Form of Public Disclosure and a Catalyst for Citizen Engagement?|
with Emiliano Huet-Vaughn, Nicholas Muller: w24664
Most environmental policy assumes the form of standards and enforcement. Scarce public budgets motivate the use of disclosure laws. This study explores a new form of pollution disclosure: real-time visual evidence of emissions provided on a free, public website. The paper tests whether the disclosure of visual evidence of emissions affects the nature and frequency of phone calls to the local air quality regulator. First, we test whether the presence of the camera affects the frequency of calls to the local air quality regulator about the facility monitored by the camera. Second, we test the relationship between the camera being active and the number of complaints about facilities other than the plant recorded by the camera. Our empirical results suggest that the camera did not affect the f...