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Pollution Abatement Costs and Foreign Direct Investment Inflows to U.S. States: A Nonparametric Reassessment

  • Daniel J. Henderson

    (Department of Economics, State University of New York at Binghamton)

  • Daniel L. Millimet

    (Department of Economics, State University of New York at Binghamton)

Keller and Levinson (2002) utilize state-level panel data on inflows of foreign direct investment along with an innovative measure of relative pollution abatement costs to assess the impact of environmental stringency on capital flows. Using standard parametric panel data models, the authors find moderate evidence that capital flows are sensitive to abatement costs. Using recently developed nonparametric methods, we assess the robustness of this conclusion. The nonparametric approach reveals that (a) some of the parametric results are not robust, and (b) the impact of relative abatement costs is heterogeneous across states and generally of smaller magnitude than previously suggested. Copyright by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Volume (Year): 89 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 178-183

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  1. Wolfgang Keller & Arik Levinson, 2002. "Pollution Abatement Costs and Foreign Direct Investment Inflows to U.S. States," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 84(4), pages 691-703, November.
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  6. Racine, Jeff & Li, Qi, 2004. "Nonparametric estimation of regression functions with both categorical and continuous data," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 119(1), pages 99-130, March.
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