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Reconciling the Porter hypothesis with the traditional paradigm about environmental regulation: a nonparametric approach

Abstract : This paper estimates the impact of pollution abatement investments on the production technology of firms by pursuing two new directions. First, we take advantage of recent econometric developments in productivity, efficiency analysis and nonparametric kernel regression by adopting a conditional nonparametric frontier analysis. Second, we focus not only on the average effect but also search for potential nonlinearities. We provide new results suggesting that pollution abatement capital affects with a bell-shaped fashion technological catch-up (inefficiency distribution) and does not affect technological change (shifts in the frontier). These results have relevant implications both for modeling and for the purposes of advice on environmentally friendly policy.
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Jean Pierre Huiban, Camilla Mastromarco, Antonio Musolesi, Michel Simioni. Reconciling the Porter hypothesis with the traditional paradigm about environmental regulation: a nonparametric approach. Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer Verlag, 2018, 50 (3), pp.85-100. ⟨10.1007/s11123-018-0536-8⟩. ⟨hal-02623725⟩

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