Toward a New Conception of the Environment-Competitiveness Relationship
AbstractAccepting a fixed trade-off between environmental regulation and competitiveness unnecessarily raises costs and slows down environmental progress. Studies finding high environmental compliance costs have traditionally focused on static cost impacts, ignoring any offsetting productivity benefits from innovation. They typically overestimated compliance costs, neglected innovation offsets, and disregarded the affected industry's initial competitiveness. Rather than simply adding to cost, properly crafted environmental standards can trigger innovation offsets, allowing companies to improve their resource productivity. Shifting the debate from pollution control to pollution prevention was a step forward. It is now necessary to make the next step and focus on resource productivity.
CitationPorter, Michael E., and Claas van der Linde. 1995. "Toward a New Conception of the Environment-Competitiveness Relationship." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 9 (4): 97-118. DOI: 10.1257/jep.9.4.97
- Q20 Renewable Resources and Conservation: General
- O31 Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives