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Agreements of Economic Integration and the Choice of National Environmental Policies

Weder, Rolf and Ziegler, Andreas R.. (2002) Agreements of Economic Integration and the Choice of National Environmental Policies. European Journal of Law and Economics, 13 (3). pp. 239-256.

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Abstract

This paper analyzes the question whether and in which respect agreements of (regional) economic integration affect the choice of environmental policies by individual countries. We focus our interdisciplinary analysis on the agreements of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). We find that these agreements primarily restrict a country's choice among possible instruments to achieve a certain environmental level or target, but do, in principle, not restrict its choice with regard to the environmental target or level itself. We also show that this type of restriction is likely to benefit the individual countries and the world as a whole because it tends to promote the implementation of more efficient environmental policy instruments. A brief analysis of the case of Switzerland illustrates this point.
Faculties and Departments:06 Faculty of Business and Economics > Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Professuren Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Aussenwirtschaft und Europ. Integration (Weder)
08 Cross-disciplinary Subjects > Europainstitut > Europainstitut > Europäische Wirtschaft (Weder)
UniBasel Contributors:Weder, Rolf
Item Type:Article, refereed
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0929-1261
e-ISSN:1572-9990
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Deposited On:14 Dec 2016 11:25

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