The Effect of Environmental Regulations on Trade Flows : A Study of the European Union
The purpose of this thesis is to investigate if the trade flows within the European Union are affected by the environmental policies within the union. An environmental sensitivity index (IESP) is used as explanatory variable, with export and import shares respectively as dependent variables. The trade flow data is collected from the OECD database for the years 1995 to 1998, and is used in a regression analysis together with IESP data from the same years. The analysis covers 15 European Union member countries. The result from the regression analysis shows a positive relationship between IESP and trade flows. However, our values did not turn out to be significant, much due to the low number of observations and too few explanatory variables.
School:Högskolan i Jönköping
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:environmental sensitivity iesp the european union trade flows
Date of Publication:09/27/2006