Trade and environmental damage in US agriculture

Shunsuke Managi, David Karemera

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Abstract

Trade liberalisation has the potential to contribute to overall improvements in environmental performance, while countries might lose a comparative advantage in trade because of stringent environmental regulations. We analyse the environmental damages in the US agriculture since 1973 using state level data and conclude that states lose a comparative advantage by stringent environmental regulations. The decomposition of trade’s effect into scale, technique and composition effects; and a further decomposition of the technique effect into environmental technique and environmental scale effects, show its relevance as major determinants of environmental damage. The differences in production technology and factor supplies are major factors affecting trade patterns. Finally, human risk factors suggest that freer agricultural trade is bad for the environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-190
Number of pages23
JournalWorld Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development
Volume2
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Environmental damage
Agriculture
Scale effect
Decomposition
Environmental regulation
Comparative advantage
Factors
Environmental performance
Environmental effects
Trade liberalization
Trade patterns
Agricultural trade
Composition effect
Production technology
Risk factors

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Trade and environmental damage in US agriculture. / Managi, Shunsuke; Karemera, David.

In: World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, Vol. 2, No. 2, 01.01.2005, p. 168-190.

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