Title: The impact of the judicial objective function on the enforcement of environmental standards
Authors: Blondiau, Thomas
Rousseau, Sandra
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: K.U. Leuven, Centrum voor Economische Studiën
Series Title: CES - Discussion paper series 09.21 pages:1-24
Abstract: We investigate the influence of a judge’s objective function on the type of sanctions used for enforcing environmental standards. We focus on the difference between monetary and non-monetary penalties. Therefore, we examine the extent to which judges take social costs of sanctions into account when making judgments in court in the context of environmental violations. Furthermore, we conduct an empirical analysis to test the main findings of the theoretical model using court data from several Belgian jurisdictions. We find that besides minimizing environmental damages judges also take social costs of sanctions into account in their decision-making.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IR
Appears in Collections:Research Center of Energy, Transport and Environment, Leuven

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