Can Regulatory Shaming Amplify the Enforcement Deterrence? – A Study on Safety Violations

HKUST IEMS Thought Leadership Brief No. 78


Allen Huang

In emerging markets transitioning to knowledge-intensive industries, occupational health and safety regulations are often neglected due to social, economic, and political factors, and regulators lack resources to monitor violations. This study suggests that regulatory shaming, or publicizing enforcement actions, can amplify deterrence and influence firms' investment in employee safety due to informal information sharing among employees. 


Keywords: Regulatory compliance, propaganda, occupational safety  


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