Environmental product standards in North-South trade

Jota Ishikawa, Toshihiro Okubo

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Consumption is one channel through which the environment is damaged. To protect the environment, various product standards have been introduced across the world. This paper uses a new economic geography framework to explore the effects of environmental product standards on environment in a North-South trade model. It examines the situation in which the North unilaterally introduces an environmental product standard. Specifically, those products that do not meet the standard are not allowed to be sold in the North's market. It is found that such a standard may worsen the North's environment but improve the South's environment as a result of firm relocation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)458-473
Number of pages16
JournalReview of Development Economics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development


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