Review of World Economics

, Volume 145, Issue 4, pp 713–729

Global manufacturing SO2 emissions: does trade matter?

Authors

    • University of Neuchâtel
  • Nicole A. Mathys
    • Swiss Federal Office of Energy (Berne) and University of Neuchâtel
  • Jaime de Melo
    • CERDI and CEPR, Départment d’économie politiqueUniversity of Geneva
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10290-009-0033-2

Cite this article as:
Grether, J., Mathys, N.A. & de Melo, J. Rev World Econ (2010) 145: 713. doi:10.1007/s10290-009-0033-2

Abstract

A growth-decomposition (scale, technique and composition effect) covering 62 countries and seven manufacturing sectors over the 1990–2000 period shows that trade, through reallocations of activities across countries, has contributed to a 2–3% 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% increase in emissions. Finally adding emissions coming from trade-related transport activities, global emissions are increased through trade by 16% in 1990 and 13% in 2000, the decline being largely attributable to a shift of dirty activities towards cleaner countries.

Keywords

Embodied emissions in tradeEnvironmentGrowth decompositionTransportWorld trade

JEL Classification

F18Q56

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