Economic policies to foster green growth

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Environment and trade: Do environmental policies affect trade and competitiveness?

Stringent environmental policies are often argued to harm competitiveness and push industrial activity to so-called Pollution Havens. This OECD working paper addresses the question of environmental policies and competitiveness from the perspective of the growing importance of global value chains.

How stringent are environmental policies?

This webpage provides detailed information on the Environmental Policy Stringency (EPS) indicator developed by the OECD. Comparisons among countries for the period 1990-2012 are available.

 

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Do environmental policies matter for productivity growth?

This study identifies and analyses some key challenges that OECD and partner economies may face over the coming 50 years if underlying global trends relating to growth, trade, inequality and environmental pressures prevail.