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Environmental regulation and competitive performance: new evidence from a sectoral study
- Testa, Francesco, Iraldo, Fabio, Frey, Marco
- international journal of sustainable development and world ecology 2011 v.18 no.5 pp. 424-433
- building construction, economic theory, environmental impact, environmental law, market regulations
- Economic theory provides different perspectives on the relationship between environmental regulation and company environmental and competitive performance. A frequently analysed issue refers to the impact of environmental regulation on company performance. Using qualitative data collected within the recently completed Environmental regulation and Market forces Providing Incentives for Resource Efficiency (EMPIRE) project, we analysed the relationship between environmental regulation and company competitiveness, operating in the building and construction (B&C) sector. Empirical evidence from the correlation analysis emphasises that environmental regulation can be an important driver of competitive performance improvements in relevant segments of the European B&C sector.