Global manufacturing SO2 emissions: does trade matter?
- Jean-Marie GretherAffiliated withUniversity of Neuchâtel Email author
- , Nicole A. MathysAffiliated withSwiss Federal Office of Energy (Berne) and University of Neuchâtel
- , Jaime de MeloAffiliated withCERDI and CEPR, Départment d’économie politique, University of Geneva
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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.
KeywordsEmbodied emissions in trade Environment Growth decomposition Transport World trade
JEL ClassificationF18 Q56
- Global manufacturing SO2 emissions: does trade matter?
Review of World Economics
Volume 145, Issue 4 , pp 713-729
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- Embodied emissions in trade
- Growth decomposition
- World trade
- Industry Sectors
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- 1. University of Neuchâtel, Pierre-à-Mazel 7, 2000, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
- 2. Swiss Federal Office of Energy (Berne) and University of Neuchâtel, Pierre-à-Mazel 7, 2000, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
- 3. CERDI and CEPR, Départment d’économie politique, University of Geneva, Uni Mail, 40 bd du Pont d’Arve, 1211, Genève 4, Switzerland