Ashlie KoehnGlobal Scholars 2016 Symposium

Title: Testing the Porter Hypothesis: Analyzing Pollution from Businesses Operating in Transition Economies

Abstract: The Porter Hypothesis suggests that environmental regulation can lead to innovation and higher overall profits for companies. My research explores the Porter Hypothesis in the transition economies of Central and Eastern Europe during the 1990s. This period of market restructuring was an economically tumultuous time for many firms. Companies came under new environmental regulation, spurred on by increased citizen participation and a desire to join the European Union.

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