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International Spillovers and Water Quality in Rivers: Do Countries Free Ride?

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  • Hilary Sigman

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Transboundary spillovers may degrade environmental quality if countries free ride. This paper examines the extent of such degradation in water quality in international rivers. Using data from river monitoring stations in the UN's Global Emissions Monitoring System (GEMS), it compares pollution levels in international and domestic rivers. The results suggest that free riding may substantially increase pollution in international rivers, but the estimates are sensitive to the inclusion of country effects.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 8585.

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Date of creation: Nov 2001
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Publication status: published as Sigman, Hilary. "International Spillovers And Water Quality In Rivers: Do Countries Free Ride?," American Economic Review, 2002, v92(4,Sep), 1152-1159.
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  1. Free Riding and River Water Pollution in China
    by Matthew Kahn in Environmental and Urban Economics on 2013-11-08 16:53:00
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