Economics at your fingertips  

The Structure of UK Outbound FDI and Environmental Regulation

Abay Mulatu ()

Environmental & Resource Economics, 2017, vol. 68, issue 1, 65-96

Abstract: Abstract We study whether the pattern of outbound Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is influenced by host countries’ environmental regulations. We employ a general empirical location model that captures interactions between industry attributes and host country characteristics in determining firm location. We use data on UK-based multinational activity in 64 countries and 23 industries over the period 2002–2006. Our results suggest a significant effect of environmental policy on the pattern of UK outbound FDI—a pollution haven effect. A one standard deviation increase in environmental laxity increases FDI (assets) in industries that are above-average pollution intensive by 28%.

Keywords: Pollution-haven; Competitiveness; Environmental-regulation; Industry-location; FDI (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (2) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link) Abstract (text/html)
Access to the full text of the articles in this series is restricted.

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
http://www.springer. ... al/journal/10640/PS2

Access Statistics for this article

Environmental & Resource Economics is currently edited by Ian J. Bateman

More articles in Environmental & Resource Economics from Springer, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Sonal Shukla ().

Page updated 2019-12-07
Handle: RePEc:kap:enreec:v:68:y:2017:i:1:d:10.1007_s10640-017-0145-4