Establishes a powerful theoretical framework for examining the impact of international trade on local pollution levels and for developing an integrated treatment of the links between economic growth, liberalized trade and the environment. The authors find little evidence that developing countries will specialize in pollution-intensive products with further trade; also that pollution declines amid economic growth fueled by economy-wide technological progress, but rises when growth is fueled by capital accumulation alone.
Copeland and Taylor have opened the way to a better dialogue between economists and environmentalists. Their book will surely take its place on the shelves of trade economists and environmentalists. -- James Anderson Journal of International Economics [A] well-written book... As Copeland and Taylor make clear, there is a good deal of scope for additional research on the topic of trade and environment, and this book provides a great starting point for such research. -- Josh Ederington World Trade Review This book is systematically developed and well presented. -- Richard N. Cooper Environment This book takes 'trade and the environment' from toddling to a brisk walk and indicates that it has come of age as a subfield... [It] strives, very successfully, to link its theory to empirical work. -- Martin Richardson Economic Record
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