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Regulation by Shaming: Deterrence Effects of Publicizing Violations of Workplace Safety Laws

Version
1
Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data, aggregate data
Creator
  • Johnson, Matthew S. (Duke University)
Publication Date
2020-05-25
Description
  • Abstract

    Publicizing firms' socially undesirable actions may enhance firms' incentives to avoid such actions. In 2009, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began issuing press releases about facilities that violated safety and health regulations. Using quasi-random variation arising from a cutoff rule OSHA followed, I find that publicizing a facility's violations led other facilities to substantially improve their compliance and experience fewer occupational injuries. OSHA would need to conduct 210 additional inspections to achieve the same improvement in compliance as achieved with a single press release. Evidence suggests that employers improve compliance to avoid costly responses from workers.
Geographic Coverage
  • USA
Availability
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Relations
  • Is version of
    DOI: 10.3886/E114988
Publications
  • Johnson, Matthew S. “Regulation by Shaming: Deterrence Effects of Publicizing Violations of Workplace Safety and Health Laws.” American Economic Review 110, no. 6 (June 2020): 1866–1904. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.20180501.
    • ID: 10.1257/aer.20180501 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-09-09 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-09-09

Johnson, Matthew S. (2020): Regulation by Shaming: Deterrence Effects of Publicizing Violations of Workplace Safety Laws. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E114988V1-44120