Title: Environment and trade: a review of issues and methods

Authors: Haixiao Huang, Walter C. Labys

Addresses: Natural Resource Economics Program, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506-6108, USA. Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506-6108, USA

Abstract: This survey attempts to provide an overview of the major issues concerning economic interactions between environmental and trade policies. Such a review is necessary because of the pressure that the accelerated pace of globalisation is placing on environment and trade. Not only is world trade increasing rapidly but global industrialisation related to trade has spawned severe environmental degradation. As a consequence, growing numbers of researchers have attempted to analyse the linkages between these areas. This study attempts to provide a perspective on received and future research by employing a dual approach economic studies of the major environmental and trade issues are analysed first and then progress in the methods necessary to analyse their interactions is assessed second. The conclusions suggest new possibilities for research design and policy goals.

Keywords: environment and trade; trade implications of environmental policy.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGENVI.2002.000989

International Journal of Global Environmental Issues, 2002 Vol.2 No.1/2, pp.100-160

Published online: 18 Aug 2003 *

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