Transfrontier Pollution

  • Ingo Walter
Part of the Problems of Economic Integration book series


One of the most perplexing issues concerning the international economic dimensions of environmental management has to do with transfrontier pollution (TFP), which is perhaps of more direct policy relevance and immediacy than some of the more indirect questions — such as trade implications — that we have already discussed in considerable detail. The latter arise from international differences in national pollution-control programmes. TFP relates to the direct impact of pollution caused by economic activities undertaken in one national state on the welfare of people living in another. It is a matter, therefore, of transboundary externalities which require negotiated settlement between governments.* As a problem of international conciliation, TFP as an issue is distinctly multidisciplinary in character, requiring the skills of lawyers and political scientists as well as economists and ecologists — as part of a ‘package’ of political and economic issues to be resolved in inter-government negotiations. Moreover, there may be considerable slippage between identification and definition of a TFP problem and its eventual resolution.


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Further Reading

  1. L. M. Alexander (ed.), The Law of the Sea: The Future of the Sea’s Resources ( Kingston: University of Rhode Island, 1971 ).Google Scholar
  2. Barry Commoner, The Closing Circle (London: Jonathan Cape, 1971).Google Scholar
  3. Economic Commission for Europe, E.C.E. Symposium on Problems Related to the, Environment ( New York: United Nations, 1971 ).Google Scholar
  4. H. W. Helfrich (ed.), The Environmental Crisis ( New Haven: Yale University Press, 1970 ).Google Scholar
  5. A. D. Scott, ‘The Economics of International Transmission of Pollution’, in Problem of Environmental Economics ( Paris: O.E.C.D., 1972 ).Google Scholar
  6. U.S. Department of Commerce, Environmental Control Seminar Proceedings: Rotterdam, Warsaw, Bucharest (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1971 ).Google Scholar
  7. Ingo Walter (ed.), Studies in International Environmental Economics (New York: Wiley, 1976) especially papers by R. C. d’Arge, C. Pearson, L. Ruff, R. Stein and J. Butlin.Google Scholar

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© Ingo Walter 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ingo Walter
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  1. 1.Graduate School of Business AdministrationNew York UniversityUSA

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