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New evidence of environmental efficiency on the export performance


  • Sakamoto, Tomoyuki
  • Managi, Shunsuke


This article investigates the relationship between the environment-related efficiency and export performance according to the recent international trade theory which has offered to a theoretical model to quantify the Ricardian comparative advantage. We find that the energy and environmental efficiency can be a source of the comparative advantage in industries. The largest magnitude and the smallest of the efficiency on exporting are estimated to be NOx and energy efficiency, respectively. The empirical results further show that the efficiency has a smaller impact on export performance in relatively less footloose industries, and the impact of the efficiency is found to depend on industrial characteristics.

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  • Sakamoto, Tomoyuki & Managi, Shunsuke, 2017. "New evidence of environmental efficiency on the export performance," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 185(P1), pages 615-626.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:appene:v:185:y:2017:i:p1:p:615-626 DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.10.126

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    Comparative advantage; Trade and environment; Energy efficiency; Pollution emissions per production;

    JEL classification:

    • Q40 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - General
    • Q53 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Air Pollution; Water Pollution; Noise; Hazardous Waste; Solid Waste; Recycling
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth


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