Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/73912
Authors: 
Pellegrini, Lorenzo
Gerlagh, Reyer
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
Nota di Lavoro, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei 46.2005
Abstract: 
In 2004, ten new states entered the European Union. Relative to the pre-2004 member states, these accession states have lower environmental standards, and some worry that it will be too demanding for these new EU members to fully comply with European environmental provisions. In this paper, we assess one rationale for such harmonization. Specifically, we analyze the determinants of environmental policiesÂ’ stringency, and show that differences in corruption levels are more important as explanatory factor when compared to income differentials. Since high levels of corruption characterize some countries in the enlarged EU, we argue that this is a good reason for an upward harmonization of environmental policies at the EU level.
Subjects: 
Corruption
European union
Environmental policy
JEL: 
C31
K00
Q53
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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