Environmental Policy, International Agreements, and International Trade

Hardcover | July 1, 2001

EditorAlistair Ulph

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This timely collection explores the highly topical area of international trade agreements and environmental policy. It focuses in particular on two key aspects of the international dimension of environmental policy: with trans-frontier environmental problems, such as climate change and acidrain, it is necessary for countries to enter into international environmental agreements to overcome incentives for free-riding; and even if pollution were simply a domestic concern, countries are linked via trade, thus environmental policies will impact upon the international competitiveness ofcertain sectors of an economy.The individual chapters fall into four Parts, which attempt to answer the following questions:1. How can international environmental agreements be designed to increase the number of countries that might join such agreements?2. If it is possible to reach an environmental agreement among only a small number of countries, how should environmental policies by the parties to the agreement be designed to reduce the extent to which reductions in pollution by the signatories are offset by increases in emissions bynon-signatory countries?3. When a country increases the stringency of its environmental policies, are the impacts on trade and welfare larger when account is taken of scale economies and imperfect competition in international markets than was thought to be the case from earlier studies based on the assumption ofcompetitive markets for international trade?4. Do national governments have incentives to distort their environmental policies to gain strategic advantage, and if so, what form might this take and what does this imply about the sovereignty of nations in choosing environmental policies?Employing both theoretical analysis and empirical modelling, "Environmental Policy, International Agreements, and International Trade" aims to advance understanding of some of the key issues surrounding the links between trade and the environment. It will appeal to all those with an interest inenvironmental issues and international trade.

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This timely collection explores the highly topical area of international trade agreements and environmental policy. It focuses in particular on two key aspects of the international dimension of environmental policy: with trans-frontier environmental problems, such as climate change and acidrain, it is necessary for countries to enter i...

Alistair Ulph is Professor of Economics and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton
Format:HardcoverDimensions:346 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:July 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. A. Ulph: Environmental Policy, International Agreements and International TradeA: Design of International Environmental Agreements2. C. Carraro and D. Siniscalco: Policy Coordination for Sustainability: Commitments, Transfers and Linked Negotiations3. M. Botteon and C. Carraro: Environmental Coalitions with Heterogeneous Countries: Burden-Sharing and Carbon Leakage4. P. Chander and H. Tulkens: A Core-Theoretic Solution for the Design of Co-operative Agreements on Transfrontier Pollution5. M. Germain, P. Toint, and H. Tulkens: International Agreements on Acid Rains in Northern Europe: a Discrete-Time Iterative ProcessB: How to Design Policies to Reduce Carbon Leakage6. M. Hoel: Efficient Climate Policy in the Presence of Free Raiders7. R. Golombek, C. Hagem, and M. Hoel: Efficient Incomplete International Climate AgreementsC: Environmental Policy and Plant Location8. Z. Wang and A. Winters: Carbon Taxes and Industrial Location: Evidence from the Multinationals Literature9. A. Ulph and L. Valentini: Plant Location and Strategic Environmental Policy with Inter-Sectoral Linkages10. A. Venables: Economic Policy and the Manufacturing Base---Hysteresis in Location11. R. Golombek and A. Raknerud: Environmental Regulations and Manufacturing Employment---Microeconometric Study of Norwegian DataD: International Trade and Strategic Environmental Policy12. D. Lund: Under Different International Agreements: Can a Small Nation Gain from Introducing a Carbon Tax Early13. A. Ulph: Environmental Policy and International Trade When Governments and Producers Act Strategically14. A. Ulph: Strategic Environmental Policy and International Trade International Trade---the Role of Market Conduct15. A. Ulph and D. Ulph: Trade, Strategic Innovation and Strategic Environmental Policy---a General Analysis16. A. Ulph: Strategic Environmental Policy and the Single European Market