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From Guangzhou to Naples: French exports of plastic waste

Abstract : In this note, we use China’s ban of plastic waste imports in 2017 as a natural experiment of a sudden drop in the world demand for plastic waste. We study how French exporters have adjusted, both in terms of quantities exported, destinations, and prices. After the ban, exports to other Asian countries increased sharply, but this redirection appears to be short-lived, unlike redirection towards other EU countries. In addition, there is suggestive evidence of a polarization of the quality of plastic waste exports between destinations. In light of our findings, we discuss the possible impact of new European regulations that will drastically reduce European exports of plastic waste.
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Julien Martin, Isabelle Mejean, Inés Picard, Benoît Schmutz. From Guangzhou to Naples: French exports of plastic waste. 2021. ⟨halshs-03215736⟩



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