nep-res New Economics Papers
on Resource Economics
Issue of 2020‒07‒13
three papers chosen by
Maximo Rossi
Universidad de la República

  1. Market Segmentation by Certification: Quantity effects on tropical timber production By Matthew T. Cole; Jacqueline Doremus; Stephen Hamilton
  2. Technological vs ecological switch and the environmental Kuznets curve By Raouf Boucekkine; Aude Pommeret; Fabien Prieur
  3. Border Carbon Adjustments and Industrial Competitiveness in a European Green Deal By Stuart Evans; Michael A Mehling; Robert A Ritz; Paul Sammon

  1. By: Matthew T. Cole (Department of Economics, California Polytechnic State University); Jacqueline Doremus (Department of Economics, California Polytechnic State University); Stephen Hamilton (Department of Economics, California Polytechnic State University)
    Abstract: Eco-certification standards are increasingly used by industrial countries to impose import restrictions on goods produced by foreign suppliers. Import restrictions on eco-certified goods that prevent the trade of goods derived from unsustainable practices serve to segment global markets served by foreign producers into a conventional market and a certified market, altering market structure and equilibrium prices in a manner that potentially works against sustainability goals. In this paper, we examine the effect of forest certification on tropical timber production in Central Africa. Using panel data of timber production in Cameroon from 2003 to 2009, we show that conventional timber producers substantially increase harvest rates in response to eco-certification standards, and that this effect is strongest in less competitive timber markets. Moreover, we find eco-certification shifts production to forests with higher extraction costs and potentially higher marginal damages from timber extraction, exacerbating economic inefficiency.
    Keywords: forestry, trade, product differentiation, eco-label
    JEL: Q23 O13 L31
    Date: 2019
  2. By: Raouf Boucekkine (AMU - Aix Marseille Université); Aude Pommeret (IREGE - Institut de Recherche en Gestion et en Economie - USMB [Université de Savoie] [Université de Chambéry] - Université Savoie Mont Blanc); Fabien Prieur (LAMETA - Laboratoire Montpelliérain d'Économie Théorique et Appliquée - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - UM - Université de Montpellier - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - UM3 - Université Paul-Valéry - Montpellier 3 - Montpellier SupAgro - Institut national d’études supérieures agronomiques de Montpellier - UM1 - Université Montpellier 1 - Montpellier SupAgro - Centre international d'études supérieures en sciences agronomiques, UM1 - Université Montpellier 1)
    Keywords: ecological irreversibility,Environmental Kuznets Curve,Multi-stage optimal control,Courbes de Kuznets,Technology adoption
    Date: 2020–06–05
  3. By: Stuart Evans (London School of Economics); Michael A Mehling (CEEPR, Massachusetts Institute of Technology); Robert A Ritz (EPRG, University of Cambridge); Paul Sammon (London School of Economics)
    Keywords: Border carbon adjustment, carbon pricing, competitiveness, international trade
    JEL: H23 K33 Q54
    Date: 2020–05

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