Globalization and Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Evidence from the United States

32 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2021 Last revised: 10 Jul 2023

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Claire Brunel

American University School of International Service

Arik Levinson

Georgetown University

Date Written: January 2021

Abstract

The US has been a global leader in regulating local air pollution and a global laggard in regulating greenhouse gases (GHGs). For decades, critics of US policy have expressed fears that stringent US regulations on local air pollution would lead to pollution havens overseas. Prior research, suggests that has not happened. But what about the converse fear? Are the less stringent US climate regulations causing the US to become a pollution haven for other countries’ GHG-intensive industries? We provide a decomposition of US manufacturing GHG emissions and find no evidence of offshoring either to or from the United States since 1990.

Suggested Citation

Brunel, Claire and Levinson, Arik, Globalization and Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Evidence from the United States (January 2021). NBER Working Paper No. w28372, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3772611

Claire Brunel (Contact Author)

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Arik Levinson

Georgetown University ( email )

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