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International private and public reinforcing dependencies for the innovation of automotive emission control systems in Japan and USA


  • Bauner, David


In the beginning of the 1970s, the economies of USA and Japan were growing fast and environmental pollution was increasing to alarming levels. As passenger car emissions were found to be significant and rapidly increasing, their reduction was specially targeted. Following a bill passed by US Congress in 1968, requirements were set in 1970 for the vehicle manufacturers to reduce the emissions of carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrocarbons (HC) with 90% by 1975, and nitrogen oxides (NOx) with 90% by 1976. These requirements were soon adapted to the Japanese regulatory framework, and were known in both countries as the “Muskie Act” or “Muskie Law” after the senator who developed the original bill.

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  • Bauner, David, 2011. "International private and public reinforcing dependencies for the innovation of automotive emission control systems in Japan and USA," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 45(5), pages 375-388.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:transa:v:45:y:2011:i:5:p:375-388 DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2010.12.008

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    1. Wells, Peter & Varma, Adarsh & Newman, Dan & Kay, Duncan & Gibson, Gena & Beevor, Jamie & Skinner, Ian, 2013. "Governmental regulation impact on producers and consumers: A longitudinal analysis of the European automotive market," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 47(C), pages 28-41.


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