Environment & trade: do stricter policies hurt export competitiveness?
OECD Chief Economist Catherine Mann - 10:30 media briefing & 13:15 public debate
Thursday 10 March 2016, London School of Economics
How have environmental regulations affected international trade patterns to date and how would stricter laws affect the export competitiveness of countries like China or the UK in sectors from textiles to steel? Does the evidence bear out the pollution haven hypothesis and how can countries gain competitive advantage from the low-carbon transition?
OECD Chief Economist Catherine Mann will discuss these issues with Lord Nicholas Stern and the Grantham Research Institute’s Energy, Technology and Trade research head Antoine Dechezleprêtre using evidence from a new OECD study: “Do environmental policies affect global value chains? A new perspective on the pollution haven hypothesis.” The study analyses export data in high and low pollution-intensity industries for advanced and emerging countries with more or less stringent environmental policies.
Journalists are invited to attend both the public event from 13:15-14:45 at the London School of Economics (room CLM 5.02 Clement House, 99-101 Aldwych, London WC2B 4JF) and a smaller embargoed media briefing from 10:30-11:30 (room 11.01A, 11th floor, Tower 3, Clements Inn Passage, LSE) with Catherine Mann and the author of the OECD study.
To register attendance or request an advance copy of the study under embargo, journalists should contact Catherine Bremer in the OECD Media Office (+33 1 45 24 97 00).
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