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Global Manufacturing SO2 Emissions: Does Trade Matter?

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  • Jean Marie Grether

    (University of Neuchatel)

  • Nicole A. Mathys

    (University of Neuchatel)

  • Jaime de Melo

    ()
    (University of Geneva, CERDI and CEPR)

Abstract

A growth-decomposition (scale, technique and composition effect) covering 62 countries and 7 manufacturing sectors over the 1990-2000 period shows that trade, through reallocations of activities across countries, has contributed to a 2-3 percent decrease in world SO2 emissions. However, when compared to a constructed counterfactual no-trade benchmark, depending on the base year, trade would have contributed to a 3-10 percent increase in emissions. Finally adding emissions coming from trade-related transport activities, global emissions are increased through trade by 16 percent in 1990 and 13 percent in 2000, the decline being largely attributable to a shift of dirty activities towards cleaner countries.

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Paper provided by Centro Studi Luca d\'Agliano, University of Milano in its series Development Working Papers with number 263.

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Length: 30
Date of creation: 27 Oct 2008
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Handle: RePEc:csl:devewp:263

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Keywords: embodied emissions in trade; environment; growth decomposition; transport; world trade;

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  1. Jean-Marie GRETHER & Nicole A. MATHYS, 2010. "Measuring the pollution terms of trade with technique effects," Working Papers I05, FERDI.
  2. Cristea, Anca & Hummels, David & Puzzello, Laura & Avetisyan, Misak, 2013. "Trade and the greenhouse gas emissions from international freight transport," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 65(1), pages 153-173.
  3. Helen Tammela Naughton, 2010. "Globalization and Emissions in Europe," European Journal of Comparative Economics, Cattaneo University (LIUC), vol. 7(2), pages 503-519, December.
  4. Alassane Drabo, 2011. "Do Political Institutions protect the poor? Intra Countries Health Inequalities and Air Pollution in Developing Countries," Working Papers halshs-00584997, HAL.
  5. Grether, Jean-Marie & Mathys, Nicole A., 2013. "The pollution terms of trade and its five components," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 100(1), pages 19-31.

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