Environmental Policy Stringency

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Measuring Environmental Policy Stringency in OECD Countries A Composite Index Approach

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Environmental policies are aimed at improving the well-being of people and the environmental sustainability of the economy. They are set to direct firm and household behaviour. The OECD's indicator on environmental policy stringency shows that environmental policies have become more stringent over the past two decades.
Environmental stringency
Environmental policy stringency is defined as policy-induced cost of polluting by firms across different sectors and policy instruments. A higher values represents a more stringent policy.
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Country
= 1990
= 2012
Australia AUS 0.9 3.1
Austria AUT 1.2 2.9
Belgium BEL 0.7 2.5
Brazil BRA - 0.8
Canada CAN 0.8 2.8
China CHN 0.3 1.2
Czech Republic CZE 0.9 2.3
Denmark DNK 0.9 4.2
Finland FIN 0.8 3.3
France FRA 0.7 3.2
Germany DEU 1.2 3
Greece GRC 0.6 2.1
Hungary HUN 0.4 2.6
India IND 0.5 1.1
Indonesia IDN 0.4 1.1
Ireland IRL 0.5 2.1
Italy ITA 1 2.8
Japan JPN 1.1 2.6
Korea KOR 0.5 2.6
Netherlands NLD 1.7 3.6
Norway NOR 0.6 3.3
Poland POL 0.6 3
Portugal PRT 0.9 2.1
Russia RUS - 0.6
Slovak Republic SVK 0.5 3
Slovenia SVN - 2.3
South Africa ZAF 0.4 0.8
Spain ESP 0.8 2.2
Sweden SWE 0.9 3.1
Switzerland CHE 2 3.3
Turkey TUR 0.8 1.8
United Kingdom GBR 1 3.3
United States USA 0.5 2.6
OECD OECD 0.9 2.8