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Re-visiting the porter hypothesis


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  • Roy Chowdhury, Indrani

    (National Institute of Public Finance and Policy)

  • Das, Sandwip K.

    (School of International Studies, JNU)

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    We provide a new formulation of the Porter hypothesis that we feel is in the spirit of the hypothesis. Under this formulation we find that the Porter hypothesis need not hold universally, and identify conditions under which it may or may not hold. We first consider the case where the abatement costs associated with a technology is exogenously given. In that case stricter government regulation increases the incentive for adopting the new technology if the old and the new technologies are relatively environmentally friendly to begin with. We then consider the case where the abatement costs associated with a technology is endogenously given. We show that the Porter hypothesis is likely to hold if the new technology is significantly more ecient in production compared to the old technology, or if both the technologies are relatively ecient in production. Whereas if both the technologies are relatively inecient, then the Porter hypothesis is unlikely to go through. Thus, under the appropriate conditions, the Porter hypothesis may hold even in a static framework.

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    Paper provided by National Institute of Public Finance and Policy in its series Working Papers with number 06/38.

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    Length: 18
    Date of creation: Feb 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:npf:wpaper:06/38

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    Keywords: Porter hypothesis ; Environmental policy ; Research and development;

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    2. Xepapadeas, A. & Zeeuw, A.J. de, 1998. "Environmental Policy and Competitiveness: The Porter Hypothesis and the Composition of Capital," Discussion Paper 1998-38, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
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