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Sustainability 2015, 7(4), 3933-3957; doi:10.3390/su7043933

International Direct Investment and Transboundary Pollution: An Empirical Analysis of Complex Networks

College of Economics and Trade, Hunan University, Changsha 410079, China
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Received: 16 November 2014 / Revised: 30 March 2015 / Accepted: 30 March 2015 / Published: 3 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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Abstract

Using complex networks and spatial econometric methods, we empirically test the extent to which a country’s influence and its position in an international investment network affect environmental quality as well as the country’s role in transboundary pollution transfer. The estimated results show that the ties connecting nodes together in an international investment network have significant impacts on global environmental pollution. Additionally, node linkages between developing countries have stronger negative effects on environmental quality than node linkages between developed countries. Moreover, greater node importance and node centrality accelerate the speed and scale of the growth of polluting industries, which allows developed countries to more easily transfer their pollution-intensive industries to developing countries that possess higher node dependency. We also find that the factor endowment effect coexists with the pollution haven effect, the effects of environmental regulation advantage in the international investment network are greater than the impact of factor endowment advantage. View Full-Text
Keywords: international investment network; transboundary pollution transfer; comparative advantage; international specialization and cooperation international investment network; transboundary pollution transfer; comparative advantage; international specialization and cooperation
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Deng, Y.; Xu, H. International Direct Investment and Transboundary Pollution: An Empirical Analysis of Complex Networks. Sustainability 2015, 7, 3933-3957.

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