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Fumiko Takeda and Katsumi Matsuura
''Trade and the Environment in Latin America: Examining the Linkage with the USA''
( 2005, Vol. 6 No.6 )
This paper investigates how trade of "dirty" goods with the USA can affect the environmental pollution in Latin American (LA). By controlling for trade openness, the share of manufacturing in GDP, and the trade of pollution-intensive products with USA, CO2 emissions are estimated for 14 LA countries between 1986 and 1999. Our results show that increasing exports of "dirty" products to the USA tends to raise CO2 emissions in LA countries, while the opposite results occur for growing imports of those goods from the USA. Since the effect of "dirty" imports from the USA is larger than the effect of "dirty" exports to the USA, our results indicate that the trade of "dirty" products with the USA on the whole reduces CO2 emissions in LA countries during the estimation period.
Keywords: Trade Pollution Environmental Kuznets curves Inter-American relationship
JEL: F1 - Trade: General
O1 - Economic Development: General
Manuscript Received : May 02 2005 Manuscript Accepted : Jun 01 2005

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