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Export Performance Of Environmentally Sensitive Goods : A Global Perspective

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  • Xinpeng Xu

    (AJRC)

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In this paper I examine whether stringent environmental standards reduce the international competitiveness of environmentally sensitive industries using a comprehensive dataset of trade flows of environmentally sensitive goods (ESGs) disaggregated at the four-digit level of the Standard International Trade Classification. The data relate to the period from 1965 to 1995 and cover 34 countries which accounted for nearly 80 per cent of world exports of ESGs in 1995. The important empirical finding is that export performance of ESGs for most of the countries remained unchanged between the 1960s and 1990s despite the introduction of stringent environmental standards in most developed countries in the 1970s and 1980s. Thus the claim that higher environmental standards reduce the international competitiveness of ESGs can not be justified in the light of available data.

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Paper provided by East Asian Bureau of Economic Research in its series Trade Working Papers with number 22866.

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Date of creation: Jan 1998
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Handle: RePEc:eab:tradew:22866

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Keywords: environmentally sensitive goods; ESGs; Standard International Trade Classification; competitiveness;

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  1. Jayant Menon, 1998. "Laos in the ASEAN Free Trade Area: Trade, Revenue and Investment Implications," Asia Pacific Economic Papers 276, Australia-Japan Research Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.
  2. Christopher Findlay, 1997. "The APEC Air Transport Schedule," Asia Pacific Economic Papers 273, Australia-Japan Research Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.
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  1. Xu, Xinpeng, 2000. "International trade and environmental policy: how effective is 'eco-dumping'?," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 17(1), pages 71-90, January.
  2. Cassells, Sue M. & Meister, Anton D. & Rae, Allan N., 2000. "The Cost and Trade Impacts of Environmental Regulations: Effluent Controls and the New Zealand Dairy Sector," 2000 Conference (44th), January 23-25, 2000, Sydney, Australia 123618, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.

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