Environmental and Resource Economics

, Volume 70, Issue 1, pp 53–75 | Cite as

Trade in Environmental Goods: Evidences from an Analysis Using Elasticities of Trade Costs

  • Lota D. TaminiEmail author
  • Zakaria Sorgho


Negotiations on the liberalization of environmental goods (EGs) and services within the WTO Doha Round (mandated in November 2001) are facing specific challenges. Conflicting interests and differing perceptions of the benefits of increased trade in EGs were reflected in different approaches proposed for determining EGs. Using import data of 34 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member countries and from a sample of 167 countries, from 1995 to 2012, we discuss the trade effect of reducing barriers on EGs. We analyze the lists of EGs proposed by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and OECD using a Translog gravity model. We found that removing tariff barriers for EGs will have a modest impact because for the biggest importers and exporters, elasticities of trade costs are very low while for most trading relationships they are very high, making it difficult for exporters to maintain their markets. Overall, our results suggest that, because of their substantial effect on international trade, future negotiations on EGs should also address the issues of standards and nontariff barriers.


Environmental goods Translog Gravity Trade costs elasticity Import share 

JEL Classification

F11 F12 F15 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Agricultural Economics and Consumer ScienceLaval UniversityQuebec CityCanada
  2. 2.Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in International Trade and Investment (CISITI)Laval UniversityQuebec CityCanada

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