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Environmental Outsourcing

  • Matthew A. Cole

    (Department of Economics, University of Birmingham, UK)

  • Robert J.R. Elliott

    (Department of Economics, University of Birmingham, UK)

  • Toshihiro Okubo

    (Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration (RIEB), Kobe University, Japan)

In recent years there has been a dramatic increase in the number of firms shifting stages of their production processes overseas. In this paper we investigate whether firms outsource the dirtier stages of production to minimise domestic environmental regulation costs - a process broadly consistent with the pollution haven hypothesis. We develop a theoretical model of environmental outsourcing that focuses on the roles played by firm size and productivity, transport costs and environmental regulations. We test the model's predictions using a firm-level data set for Japan and do find evidence of an 'environmental outsourcing' effect.

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Paper provided by Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University in its series Discussion Paper Series with number DP2011-12.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2011
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Handle: RePEc:kob:dpaper:dp2011-12
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  1. Eiichi Tomiura, 2008. "Foreign outsourcing and the product cycle: evidence from micro data," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(13), pages 1019-1022.
  2. Eiichi Tomiura, 2004. "Foreign outsourcing and firm-level characteristics: evidence from Japanese manufacturers," Hi-Stat Discussion Paper Series d04-64, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
  3. Tomiura, Eiichi, 2007. "Foreign outsourcing, exporting, and FDI: A productivity comparison at the firm level," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 72(1), pages 113-127, May.
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