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Global Manufacturing SO2 Emissions: Does Trade Matter?

Jean-Marie Grether, Nicole Mathys and Jaime de Melo ()

No 263, Development Working Papers from Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano, University of Milano

Abstract: A growth-decomposition (scale, technique and composition effect) covering 62 countries and 7 manufacturing sectors over the 1990-2000 period shows that trade, through reallocations of activities across countries, has contributed to a 2-3 percent decrease in world SO2 emissions. However, when compared to a constructed counterfactual no-trade benchmark, depending on the base year, trade would have contributed to a 3-10 percent increase in emissions. Finally adding emissions coming from trade-related transport activities, global emissions are increased through trade by 16 percent in 1990 and 13 percent in 2000, the decline being largely attributable to a shift of dirty activities towards cleaner countries.

Keywords: embodied emissions in trade; environment; growth decomposition; transport; world trade (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F18 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30
Date: 2008-10-27
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