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  • 9-December-2014

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    Measuring environmental policy stringency in OECD countries - a composite index approach

    Cross-country analysis of the economic effects of environmental policies is limited by the lack of reliable, comparable measures of the stringency of environmental policies. This paper attempts to fill this gap, by constructing new quantitative indexes of environmental policy stringency (EPS).

  • 9-December-2014

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    The indicators of the economic burdens of environmental policy design – results from the OECD questionnaire

    Environmental policies seek to address market failures related to the protection of the environment. However, they may also increase barriers to entry and distort competition. If stringent environmental policies can be designed in a way that minimises such economic burdens, they can facilitate the achievement of economic and environmental goals and a cleaner growth model.

  • 9-December-2014

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    Empirical evidence on the effects of environmental policy stringency on productivity growth

    This paper investigates the impact of changes in the stringency of environmental policies on productivity growth in OECD countries. Using a new environmental policy stringency (EPS) index, it estimates a reduced-form model of multi-factor productivity growth, where the effect of countries' environmental policies varies with pollution intensity of the industry and technological advancement.

  • 9-December-2014

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    Do environmental policies matter for productivity growth? Insights from new cross-country measures of environmental policies

    Environmental policies address wellbeing and sustainability objectives, affecting firm and household behaviour. A newly developed, cross-country composite proxy of environmental policy stringency (EPS) shows that stringency has been increasing across OECD countries over the past two decades.

  • 2-July-2014

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    Consequences of climate change damages for economic growth – a dynamic quantitative assessment

    This report focuses on the effects of climate change impacts on economic growth. The analysis finds that the effect of climate change impacts on annual global GDP is projected to increase over time, leading to a global GDP loss of 0.7% to 2.5% by 2060 for the most likely equilibrium climate sensitivity range.

  • 26-November-2013

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    Environmental policies and productivity growth - a critical review of empirical findings

    This paper reviews the empirical evidence on the link between environmental policy stringency and productivity growth, and the various channels through which such effects can take place.

  • 15-November-2013

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    Green growth challenges and the need for an energy reform in Mexico

    As Mexico seeks to boost economic growth, pressures on its natural resources and environmental outcomes may intensify, jeopardizing the sustainability of that growth and the well-being of the population.

  • 2-July-2013

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    Restructuring the electricity sector and promoting green growth in Japan

    The 2011 disaster and nuclear problems opened the door to a new energy policy, as they raised fundamental questions about the electricity system’s ability to prevent and respond to accidents.

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  • 1-July-2013

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    Greening growth in Luxembourg

    With strong economic growth overall and an increasingly important role as a regional economic centre, Luxembourg is experiencing mounting environmental pressures. This is mainly a result of a growing population and a rapid increase in transport, which is dominated by the car, as the number of workers commuting within Luxembourg and from across the border has risen rapidly.

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  • 23-April-2013

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    Reforms for a cleaner, healthier environment in China

    China’s exceptional economic expansion has led to rising energy demand and pollution as well as other environmental pressures. Strong efforts by the government have moderated emissions of some types of air and water pollution from high levels but others, including greenhouse gas emissions, continue to rise. Poor air and water quality threaten human health, create other costs and reduce well-being.

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