The Effectiveness of Overlapping Pollution Regulation: Evidence from the Ban on Phosphate in Dishwater Detergent

Alex W. Cohen, Yale University
David A. Keiser, Iowa State University

This is a presentation prepared for the Department of Economics and the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (2014): 23 pp. Posted with permission.


Given current composition of facilities, similar influent policies would yield roughly 50% of expected effluent reductions. There appears to be a downward trend in limit facilities with changes in limits and overcompliance. This paper extends the scope of the prior literature on overlapping pollution regulations.