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Location choice under trade and environmental policies

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  • Celik, Sule
  • Orbay, Benan Zeki

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In this paper, we use a game theoretic model to analyze the trade-off between the attractiveness of FDI and the environmental damage caused by production under asymmetric information. In the first stage, the domestic developing country reveals the level of import tariff and pollution tax under information uncertainty about the environmental damage that the foreign firm can cause. The foreign firm from a developed country decides where to locate afterwards with complete information about its own damage. Results show that the developing country can be better off encouraging FDI if and only if the marginal damage of pollution is sufficiently low. The optimal level of pollution taxes attracting FDI is higher than the marginal damage of pollution. However, the optimal pollution tax without FDI can be lower than the marginal damage of pollution with sufficiently high demand in the developing country.

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  • Celik, Sule & Orbay, Benan Zeki, 2011. "Location choice under trade and environmental policies," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 28(4), pages 1710-1715, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecmode:v:28:y:2011:i:4:p:1710-1715
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    1. Young-Han Kim & Eun Mo Yang, 2015. "Environmental Protection versus Incentives for FDI Inflows: Abatement Technologies Matter," International Journal of Economic Sciences, International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences, vol. 4(1), pages 25-44, March.
    2. Eun-Mo Yang & Young-Han Kim, 2014. "Optimal Environmental Regulation on International Joint Ventures in Developing Countries," Proceedings of International Academic Conferences 0902860, International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences.
    3. Ouchida, Yasunori & Goto, Daisaku, 2014. "Do emission subsidies reduce emission? In the context of environmental R&D organization," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 36(C), pages 511-516.
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