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Are Exporters More Environmentally Friendly than Non-Exporters? Theory and Evidence

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  • Cui, Jingbo
  • Lapan, Harvey
  • Moschini, GianCarlo

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This paper studies the firm-level relationship between decision to export and environmental performance. To guide the empirical work, we introduce environmental pollution and technology choice into a trade model with heterogeneous firms. The model predicts that a productive firm is more likely to adopt emission-saving technology and to export. Using facility-level criteria air emission data in the U.S. manufacturing industry, for a variety of pollutants, empirical tests are supportive of our two primary theoretical predictions. First, facility productivity is negatively correlated with emission intensity, measured by emissions per value of sales. Second, conditional on the estimated facility productivity and the facility’s exposure to environmental regulation, exporters have lower emission per value of sales than non-exporters within the same industry.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 35549.

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Date of creation: 12 Oct 2012
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Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:35549

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Keywords: Clean Air Act; export; Facility-Level Pollution; Heterogeneous Firms.;

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  1. Konishi, Yoshifumi & Tarui, Nori, 2014. "Emissions Trading, Firm Heterogeneity, and Intra-Industry Reallocations in the Long Run," CEI Working Paper Series 2014-1, Center for Economic Institutions, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.

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