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Environmental Regulation and Competitive Advantage

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  • David Hitchens
  • Esmond Birnie
  • William Thompson
  • Ursula Triebswetter
  • Paolo Bertossi
  • Luciano Messori

Abstract

This study focuses in detail on the environmental compliance/competitiveness relationship with respect to the regulation of packaging waste. An important and innovative feature of the study is its emphasis on backward and forward linkages. An entire supply chain is considered: packaging manufacturers and suppliers, food processors and the food retail sector, to study the competitive effects of environmental standards on manufacturing companies and the vertical links and supply responses. A variety of regulatory regimes is represented by including within the study companies from Germany, Italy, the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom. While it is of note that the relatively strong regulation in Germany has indeed had effects on company behaviour, there is no evidence that environmental regulations hindered companies from achieving competitive performance.

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  • David Hitchens & Esmond Birnie & William Thompson & Ursula Triebswetter & Paolo Bertossi & Luciano Messori, 2000. "Environmental Regulation and Competitive Advantage," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 1996.
  • Handle: RePEc:elg:eebook:1996
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    7. Vanassche, Stella & Vranken, Liesbet & Vercaemst, Peter, 2009. "The impact of environmental policy on industrial sectors: empirical evidence from 14 European Countries," Working Papers 2009/20, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management.
    8. Arbulú, I. & Lozano, J. & Rey-Maquieira, J., 2013. "Municipal solid waste generation in mature destinations: An IPAT-type model for Mallorca," Economia Agraria y Recursos Naturales, Spanish Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 13(1).
    9. Stoschek, Barbara, 2007. "The political economy of environmental regulations and industry compensation," Center for European, Governance and Economic Development Research Discussion Papers 65, University of Goettingen, Department of Economics.

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    Keywords

    Business and Management; Economics and Finance; Environment;

    JEL classification:

    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics

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