The effects of trade liberalization on environmental degradation

The effects of trade liberalization on environmental degradation This paper uses a threshold model to estimate the regime-specific marginal effect of trade liberalization and other determinants of environmental degradation in regimes with different levels of corruption. The results show that increasing trade liberalization leads to an increase in carbon dioxide ( $$\mathrm{{CO}_{2}}$$ CO 2 ) emissions in countries with a high level of corruption but to an decrease in countries with low corruption. A U-shaped relationship between $$\mathrm{{CO}_{2}}$$ CO 2 emissions and income exists in low-corruption countries but not in high-corruption countries. Our results also show that an increase in energy use per $1,000 in gross domestic product and fossil-fuel energy consumption will increase $$\mathrm{{CO}_{2}}$$ CO 2 emissions in any country. Moreover, increases in agricultural value and foreign direct investment can decrease environmental degradation in any country. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality & Quantity Springer Journals

The effects of trade liberalization on environmental degradation

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Springer Netherlands
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 by Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Subject
Social Sciences, general; Methodology of the Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general
ISSN
0033-5177
eISSN
1573-7845
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11135-013-9984-4
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Abstract

This paper uses a threshold model to estimate the regime-specific marginal effect of trade liberalization and other determinants of environmental degradation in regimes with different levels of corruption. The results show that increasing trade liberalization leads to an increase in carbon dioxide ( $$\mathrm{{CO}_{2}}$$ CO 2 ) emissions in countries with a high level of corruption but to an decrease in countries with low corruption. A U-shaped relationship between $$\mathrm{{CO}_{2}}$$ CO 2 emissions and income exists in low-corruption countries but not in high-corruption countries. Our results also show that an increase in energy use per $1,000 in gross domestic product and fossil-fuel energy consumption will increase $$\mathrm{{CO}_{2}}$$ CO 2 emissions in any country. Moreover, increases in agricultural value and foreign direct investment can decrease environmental degradation in any country.

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Published: Dec 24, 2013

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