International Spillovers and Water Quality in Rivers: Do Countries Free Ride?
Rutgers University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
NBER Working Paper No. w8585
Transboundary spillovers may degrade environmental quality if countries free ride. This paper examines the extent of such degradation in water quality in international rivers. Using data from river monitoring stations in the UN's Global Emissions Monitoring System (GEMS), it compares pollution levels in international and domestic rivers. The results suggest that free riding may substantially increase pollution in international rivers, but the estimates are sensitive to the inclusion of country effects.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 16working papers series
Date posted: November 10, 2001
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