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Transnational linkages and the Spillover of Environment-Efficiency into Developing Countries


Richard Perkins


London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Eric Neumayer


London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

May 26, 2009


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Arguments about the "positive" influence of growing transnational linkages have typically focused on their role in diffusing environmentally-superior innovations which help to raise countries' environment-efficiency. The present article empirically tests these claims by examining whether developing countries' linkages with more CO2 and SO2-efficient economies contribute to domestic improvements in CO2 and SO2-efficiency. Our large-N, statistical findings caution against some of the efficiency-oriented optimism voiced by supporters of globalization. Although imports ties with more pollution-efficient countries are found to spillover into improved domestic CO2 and SO2-efficiency, neither transnational linkages via exports, inward foreign direct investment (FDI) nor telephone calls appear to have any influence on domestic pollution-efficiency.

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Keywords: globalization, trade, spillover, developing, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide

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Date posted: November 21, 2008 ; Last revised: September 15, 2009

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Perkins, Richard and Neumayer, Eric, Transnational linkages and the Spillover of Environment-Efficiency into Developing Countries (May 26, 2009). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1305131 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1305131

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