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Does tighter environmental policy lead to a comparative advantage in less polluting goods?

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A two-factor model is developed to analyze the effects of environmental policy on patterns of comparative advantage. A pollution tax affects goods' prices via: (1) the tax burdens on each good, which depend on their respective polluting tendencies; and (2) changes in factor returns due to increased abatement activity. The good intensive in the factor whose returns have risen will tend to face a price increase, ceteris paribus. The net outcome depends on both effects. A higher tax will not always raise (lower) the autarky price of the more (less) polluting good. Therefore a country with the higher (lower) tax does not always have a comparative advantage in the less (more) polluting good. Copyright 2003, Oxford University Press.

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  • Swee Chua, 2003. "Does tighter environmental policy lead to a comparative advantage in less polluting goods?," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 55(1), pages 25-35, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:oxecpp:v:55:y:2003:i:1:p:25-35
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