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Greening of supply chain in developing countries: Diffusion of lead (Pb)-free soldering in ICT manufacturers in China

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  • Tong, Xin
  • Shi, Jin
  • Zhou, Yu

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The paper examines the diffusion of lead-free soldering in ICT manufacturers in China as response to EU's RoHS directives, in order to investigate the global–local networks linking the lead market with the producers in developing countries. The result shows rapid diffusion of the technological change triggered by such regulation among Chinese firms. The diffusion however occurs at varied rates in different regions, depending on their export orientation. The logistic regression model shows that, other than firm attributes, such as the position in the product chains and the firm-level environmental performance, two geographical factors, i.e., target markets and local cluster effects, are also significant in influencing firm's technological choices, while capital sources is less important.

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  • Tong, Xin & Shi, Jin & Zhou, Yu, 2012. "Greening of supply chain in developing countries: Diffusion of lead (Pb)-free soldering in ICT manufacturers in China," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 83(C), pages 174-182.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:83:y:2012:i:c:p:174-182 DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2011.08.022
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    1. Zoo, Hanah & de Vries, Henk J. & Lee, Heejin, 2017. "Interplay of innovation and standardization: Exploring the relevance in developing countries," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier, vol. 118(C), pages 334-348.
    2. Michida, Etsuyo & Ueki, Yasushi & Nabeshima, Kaoru, 2014. "Impact on Asian firms of product-related environmental regulations through global supply chains : a study of firms in Malaysia," IDE Discussion Papers 453, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).

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