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Is environmental policy a secondary trade barrier? An empirical analysis

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  • Josh Ederington
  • Jenny Minier

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Should international trade agreements be extended to include negotiations over environmental policy? The answer depends on whether countries distort levels of environmental regulations as a secondary means of providing protection to domestic industries; our results suggest that they do. Previous studies of this relationship have treated the level of environmental regulation as exogenous, and found a negligible correlation between environmental regulation and trade flows. In contrast, we find that, when the level of environmental regulation is modelled as an endogenous variable, its estimated effect on trade flows is significantly higher than previously reported.

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Article provided by Canadian Economics Association in its journal Canadian Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 36 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 137-154

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Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:36:y:2003:i:1:p:137-154

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