Do Liberalising Reforms Harm the Environment? Evidence from the Post‐Communist Transition

16 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2018

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Christian Bjørnskov

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business; Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN); Center for Political Studies; Institute for Corruption Studies

Date Written: February 2018

Abstract

Whether or not economic freedom and capitalism are associated with better or worse environmental performance gives rise to a heated political debate. This article sheds empirical light on the debate by examining the association between economic and political freedom on the one hand and environmental performance on the other. Estimating the effects of economic freedom and democracy on four environmental measures since 1993 across 27 formerly communist countries shows that liberalising the size of the public sector is associated with less environmental damage, although only in autocracies. The consequences of regulatory activity, market openness and the rule of law are more mixed.

Keywords: economic freedom, environmental performance, liberalisation

Suggested Citation

Bjørnskov, Christian, Do Liberalising Reforms Harm the Environment? Evidence from the Post‐Communist Transition (February 2018). Economic Affairs, Vol. 38, Issue 1, pp. 22-37, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3120789 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecaf.12277

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