The Impact of Special Economic Zones on Electricity Intensity of Firms

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Title: The Impact of Special Economic Zones on Electricity Intensity of Firms
Authors: Davies, Ronald B.
Edwards, T. Huw
Mazhikeyev, Arman
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/8041
Date: Oct-2016
Abstract: In light of concerns over the environmental impact of Special Economic Zones located in developing countries, where environmental regulation is weak, we analyse the electricity intensity of firms in SEZs. We use firm level data from Africa and Asia, and we find that SEZ firms have higher electricity intensity as opposed to non-SEZ firms. If they also face higher fiscal, financial or environmental regulations, the electricity intensity of firms in SEZs increases by a greater rate as opposed to non-SEZ firms. As such, establishing SEZs may have significant environmental implications.
Funding Details: European Commission - Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Economics
Start page: 1
End page: 26
Series/Report no.: UCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Series; WP2016/15
Keywords: Energy intensitySpecial economic zones
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers

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