United States Pollution Intensive Trade Trends from 1972 to 1992
37 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2000
Goods which are pollution intensive in production may be increasingly imported as the United States' income grows, trade barriers fall, and environmental regulation increases. This paper studies trends in United States bilateral trade patterns to test whether the United States has increased its imports of dirty manufacturing relative to clean manufacturing and whether imports of pollution intensive goods from poorer nations have increased from 1972 to 1992. Little evidence in favor of the "pollution havens" hypothesis is found.
JEL Classification: F1
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