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Do Countries with Lax Environmental Regulations Have a Comparative Advantage in Polluting Industries?

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  • Miguel Angel Quiroga

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    (Departamento de Economía, Universidad de Concepción)

  • Martin Persson

    (Department of Energy and Environment Chalmers University of Technology Sweden)

  • Thomas Sterner

    (Department of Economics, Göteborg University)

Abstract

We study whether lax environmental regulations induce comparative advantages, causing the least-regulated countries to specialize in polluting industries. We seek to improve three areas in the empirical literature based on the Heckscher-Ohlin-Vanek’s factor content of trade, more specifically in Tobey’s (1990) approach: the measurement of environmental endowments, the possible endogeneity due to an omitted variable that has not been considered, and the influence of the industrial level of aggregation. For the econometrical analysis, we use a cross-section of 71 countries to examine the net exports in the most polluting industries in the year 2000. As a result, we find that industrial aggregation matters and we find some evidence in favor of the pollution-haven effect.

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Paper provided by Departamento de Economía, Universidad de Concepción in its series Working Papers with number 03-2009.

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Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:cnc:wpaper:03-2009

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Keywords: trade; comparative advantage; pollution haven; environmental endowment; environmental regulation; Porter hypothesis; factor content; aggregation bias; nonhomothetic preferences.;

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  1. Ambec, Stefan & Cohen, Mark & Elgie, Stewart & Lanoie, Paul, 2010. "The Porter Hypothesis at 20: Can Environmental Regulation Enhance Innovation and Competitiveness?," LERNA Working Papers 10.14.320, LERNA, University of Toulouse.

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