Trade Liberalization, Transboundary Pollution and Market Size
Rikard Forslid (),
Toshihiro Okubo () and
Mark Sanctuary ()
No 2017-019, Keio-IES Discussion Paper Series from Institute for Economics Studies, Keio University
This paper uses a monopolistic competitive framework to study the impact of trade liberalization on local and global emissions. We focus on the interplay of asymmetric emission taxes and the home market effect and show how a large-market advantage can counterbalance a high emission tax, so that trade liberalization leads firms to move to the large high-tax economy. Global emissions decrease when trade is liberalized in this case. We then simulate the model with endogenous taxes. The larger country, which has the advantage of the home market effect, will be able to set a higher Nash emission tax than its smaller trade partner, yet still maintain its manufacturing base. As a result, a pollution haven will typically not arise in this case as trade is liberalized. However, global emission increases as a result of international tax competition, which underscores that the importance of international cooperation increases as trade becomes freer.
Keywords: Trade liberalization; transboundary pollution; home market effect; transportation costs; emission tax (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F12 Q52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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