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International Competitiveness and Environmental Policies

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International Competitiveness and Environmental Policies

9781858987781 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Terry Barker, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, UK and Jonathan Köhler, Senior Scientist, Fraunhofer ISI, Germany
Publication Date: 1998 ISBN: 978 1 85898 778 1 Extent: 304 pp
Government policies to reduce environmental pollution and global warming are often criticized as damaging to the economy, particularly by reducing international competitiveness. This book addresses the issue by examining many of the policies concerned, and their effects on competitiveness. It demonstrates that well-designed, market-oriented environmental policies may be expected to improve both domestic and international competitiveness.

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Government policies to reduce environmental pollution and global warming are often criticized as damaging to the economy, particularly by reducing international competitiveness. This book addresses the issue by examining many of the policies concerned, and their effects on competitiveness. It demonstrates that well-designed, market-oriented environmental policies may be expected to improve both domestic and international competitiveness.

The authors dismiss the fear that environmental policies will damage competitiveness by approaching the issue from four different perspectives: the economic analysis of competitiveness; a geo-economic approach to trade and foreign investment between Europe, NAFTA and Southeast Asia; studies of the effects of environmental policies on competitiveness; and the formal modelling of carbon taxation, international competitiveness and carbon leakage. The book also includes results from a global econometric model on the potential for carbon leakage, a detailed case study of German national policies, an examination of life cycle analysis and competitiveness, and an empirical study of green product development.

This book will be of great interest to academics working in the field of environmental economics and researchers involved in environmental policy.
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‘This is an optimistic and useful book. It succeeds in providing theoretical foundations and empirical evidence of the limited effects on competitiveness of a carbon tax properly introduced. This is an important lesson for policymakers, specially when trying to attain the Kyoto targets.’
– Maria Luisa Tamborra and Dino Pinelli, Environmental Values

‘The book will be of interest to academics working in the field of environmental economics and policy, and more generally to individuals with an interest in exploring beneath the surface of the one-sided rhetoric presented by business interests looking for short term economic gain.’
– G.J.K. Porter, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

‘This book is an interesting read.’
– Anthony Heyes, Journal of Energy Literature
Contributors
Contributors: T. Barker, F. Berkhout, P. Ekins, N. Glass, R. Iten, N. Johnstone, J. Köhler, C. Koopmans, S. Potter, N. Rajah, E. Romstad, R. Roy, S. Scott, C. Smith, M. Smith, S. Speck, R.U. Sprenger
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Contents: Introduction (T. Barker and J. Köhler) Part I: Reviews of the Literature Part II: Macroeconomic Simulations Part III: Economic Analyses of Countries and Firms Index

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