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Foreign direct investment and air pollution in Asian countries: does institutional quality matter?

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  • Cong Minh Huynh
  • Hong Hiep Hoang

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This paper empirically studies how foreign direct investment (FDI) affects air pollution, and how this effect depends on institutional quality. By using a panel data for 19 developing Asian countries over the period of 2002–2015, we find that FDI inflows initially increase air pollution in Asia, and the institutional quality improvement helps reduce this effect until the institutional quality achieves a threshold, then beyond this threshold, FDI reduces air pollution. The findings indicate that the pollution haven hypothesis and the pollution halo hypothesis are not contradictory when the institutional quality is taken into consideration.

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  • Cong Minh Huynh & Hong Hiep Hoang, 2019. "Foreign direct investment and air pollution in Asian countries: does institutional quality matter?," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 26(17), pages 1388-1392, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:26:y:2019:i:17:p:1388-1392
    DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2018.1563668
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    1. Cong Minh Huynh, 2020. "Shadow economy and air pollution in developing Asia: what is the role of fiscal policy?," Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, Springer;Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies - SEEPS, vol. 22(3), pages 357-381, July.

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