Exporting polllution: Where do multinational firms emit co2?

Itzhak Ben-David, Yeejin Jang, Stefanie Kleimeier, Michael Viehs

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Over the last few decades, the number of weather-related natural
disasters has been steadily rising. As signs of climate change accumulate, countries around the globe are adopting strict regulations designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions from industrial production, generally considered to be the primary cause of global warming. However, countries vary widely in how they design and enforce environmental laws. This paper1examines the polluting behavior of multinational companies in the 2010s with respect to the stringency
of environmental policies in their home countries and abroad. Using novel microdata about international firms’ CO2 emissions across countries, the authors focus on the geographic allocation of pollution. A cross-sectional analysis allows to explore further the differences in multinational firms’ polluting behaviors among industries and governance structures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-5
JournalThe SRI Chronicles
Publication statusPublished - May 2020


  • CO2
  • regulation
  • environment

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