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Do Environmental Regulations Cost Jobs? An Industry-Level Analysis of the UK
The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy (2007)
  • Matthew A. Cole
  • Robert J.R. Elliott
Abstract

This paper revisits the 'jobs versus the environment' debate and provides the first analysis for a country other than the US. We firstly examine the impact of environmental regulations on employment assuming such regulations are exogenous. However, for the first time in a study of this nature, we then allow environmental regulation costs and employment to be endogenously determined. Environmental regulation costs are not found to have a statistically significant effect on employment whether such costs are treated as being exogenous or endogenous. We therefore find no evidence of a trade-off between jobs and the environment.

Keywords
  • environmental regulations,
  • employment,
  • UK
Disciplines
Publication Date
July, 2007
Citation Information
Matthew A. Cole and Robert J.R. Elliott. "Do Environmental Regulations Cost Jobs? An Industry-Level Analysis of the UK" The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy Vol. 7 Iss. 1 (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rob_elliott/1/