The Firm, Competitiveness and Environmental Regulations: A Study of the European Food Processing Industries

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Examines the impact of regulatory policies on competitiveness and employment at the firm level, using the food processing industry in Western Europe as a case study. Compares and contrasts experiences of 67 similar firms across Europe to look at costs firms face in applying environmental regulations and the different levels of competitiveness they achieve, showing that firms can achieve national and international levels of competitiveness even when faced with an unfavorable level of regulatory costs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781858988214
  • Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Pages: 272

Table of Contents

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1 Introduction 1
2 Systems of regulation of effluent discharge: international comparisons 11
3 Structural background of the meat and dairy processing sectors 21
4 Environmental regulation - negative and positive impacts on cost competitiveness: a theoretical and empirical consideration 45
5 Research method 61
6 Description of the sample 66
7 Company performance and characteristics 70
8 Waste and effluent costs and abatement initiatives 83
9 Environmental initiatives, quality of effluent, waste inspection and environmental compliance 94
10 The relationship between economic performance and environmental performance 109
11 Productivity and employment effects of waste regulation 119
12 Environmental regulation, costs and company competitiveness 126
13 Conclusion 135
App. 1 The Italian system of regulation of effluent discharge 147
App. 2 The German system of regulation of effluent discharge 158
App. 3 Industrial structure of the meat and dairy processing sectors in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland 171
App. 4 Industrial structure of the meat and dairy processing sectors in Italy 194
App. 5 Industrial structure of the meat and dairy processing sectors in Germany 206
App. 6 International competitiveness performance 224
References 231
Index 243
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