Environmental Economics

Christoph Rheinberger

  • Violation of Reporting Standards in the REACH Authorisation Process

  • Abstract:


    We study the violation of reporting standards in the authorisation process of the EU’s
    regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals
    (REACH), which allows firms to apply for a time-limited continuation of the use of
    particularly hazardous substances. Analyzing a unique dataset of detailed information
    on applications for authorisation processed between 2013 and 2018 that cover
    substance uses by hundreds of firms across the EU, we show how non-compliance
    with reporting standards affects the regulatory outcome. We find that uncertainties
    about the availability of alternatives, concerns over risk control, and methodological
    problems in the socioeconomic analysis are highly predictive of shorter authorisation
    periods. Combining our empirical results with data from an applicant survey, we
    determine the optimal reporting effort and discuss the implications of our findings for
    incentivizing the substitution of hazardous chemicals.

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Lassi Ahlvik

University of Helsinki

lassi.ahlvik at helsinki.fi