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Competitiveness and environmental protection: a dirty dilemma

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  • Oliver, Geoffrey
  • Basak, Rishi

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Environmental authorities are regularly challenged to defend their regulations and policies in terms of how they impose additional costs on business and affect economic competitiveness. This paper discusses the links between environmental protection (and government policies and regulations more generally) and competitiveness. It provides a brief discussion on the nature of competitiveness, presents a Prisoners’ Dilemma model of firm and government strategies that incorporates competition, and briefly relates the results of these investigations to key empirical results from the literature.

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  • Oliver, Geoffrey & Basak, Rishi, 2004. "Competitiveness and environmental protection: a dirty dilemma," MPRA Paper 58416, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 19 Feb 2004.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:58416
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    Keywords

    environmental protection; competitiveness; competition; Prisoners’ Dilemma; sustainable development; globalisation.;

    JEL classification:

    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • F18 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Environment
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth

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