讲座时间：2019年5月21日 上午10:00 - 11:30
讲座嘉宾：Laure de Preux(帝国理工学院助理教授）
Whether environmental-friendly management practices can improve firms’ performance has been a long standing debate. Using a survey methodology that has been proven to minimize various form of cognitive bias, we conducted interviews with managers in 219 companies located in Beijing city and Hubei province. Our result shows that a higher quality of environmental management is associated with better firm performance. Specifically, effective management of energy utilization and emission control are correlated with higher turnover and profitability. Firms that exhibit higher awareness of pollution also registered higher gross margin. Among the various measures, we also found that firms with better emission management plus tougher enforcement of emission and energy consumption targets tend to invest more effort in ‘green’ process innovation. In addition evidence from patent data pertaining to a subset of firms covered by the pilot emissions trading scheme (ETS) suggest that the policy is effective in inducing firms to invest in green R&D.
Laure’s research interests lie in environmental and health economics. She works on climate change policies’ evaluation, the impact of health insurance on lifestyles, and the determinants of health with a particular focus on the effect of climate and pollution on individual’s behaviour and healthcare utilisation.