Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/154917
Authors: 
Albrecht, Johan
Year of Publication: 
1998
Series/Report no.: 
Nota di Lavoro, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei 59.1998
Abstract: 
Empirical surveys find no significant impact of environmental regulation and environmental costs on international competitiveness. In the literature, we can find three hypotheses on the impact of environmental regulation. For the industrial-flight and pollution-haven hypothesis, there is no clear empirical evidence. We show that this is a logical consequence of the principle of comparative advantage. Another explanation can be that developed countries have very diversified exports and most surveys do not link regulation to specific products. We therefore investigate the link between export diversification and two measures of labour productivity. The Porter hypothesis - the third or revisionist hypothesis in our overview - states that environmental regulation can lead to improved competitiveness. Many authors only find 'anecdotal' evidence for this hypothesis but we show that when regulation is linked to specific products, there is clear evidence for the Porter hypothesis. In our model, we work with international CFC-regulation (chlorofluorocarbons) and the export performance of CFC-using industries like refrigerators, freezers and air conditioning machines. A final section does focus on the tradition of cartelization that has been typical in many of the old - and 'dirty' - industries.
Subjects: 
Environmental regulation
Industrial flight
Comparative advantage
Export diversification
Porter hypothesis
JEL: 
F14
F21
L52
O32
Q28
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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