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Exploring the relationship between environmental regulation and competitiveness* - EP01023

Phase 1 of this study is a literature review of the available evidence on the relationship between environmental regulation and (international) competitiveness.

There are three main issues to consider:
- how to define competitiveness;
- the validity of the conventional argument that regulation reduces competitiveness through raising costs to business and;
- the validity of the Porter hypothesis suggesting that environmental regulation could spur technological growth, leading oto an increase in productivity and providing greater environmental protection.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Exploring the relationship between Environmental Regulation and Competitiveness: A Literature Review   (775k)
• Other : EP01023 External Review Statement   (134k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2006

Cost: £35,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Environmental Protection