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"Conflicting Perspectives in Trade and Environmental Negotiations"
by Roson, Roberto and Barbara Buchner

International trade negotiations have recently tackled the issue of possible free trade restrictions, justified - among others - on the basis of environmental concerns. Also, some analysis of international environmental agreements (especially in the field of climate change) have higlighted the key role played by changes in the terms of trade in determining the cost of environmental policies.
Yet, secondary effects of international trade remain disregarded in many environnmental policies, whereas the introduction of environmental trade barriers has been resisted, arguing that this is the trojan horse of a renewed protectionism.
This paper reviews the debate on trade and the environment in the two fields of environmental and trade negotiations, highlighting the different and somewhat conflicting approach adopted in the two cases. A numerical general equilibrium model in then used to illustrate how different "perceptions" (translated in terms of alternative model closures) affect the use of instruments and the distributional impact of the various policies.

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Category: GTAP Application
2002 Conference Paper
Status: Published
By/In: Presented at the 5th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis, Taipei, Taiwan
Date: 2002
Created: Roson, R. (4/29/2002)
Updated: Bacou, M. (7/16/2002)
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