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Emerging market patterns in the recycled paper trade

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The international recovered paper trade serves two important functions: increasing raw material availability in the paper and board industry and providing economic incentives to recycle. The purpose of this paper is to shed further light on emerging patterns in this trade by empirically analysing the changes in the bilateral trade flows of recycled paper between 1992 and 2008. According to our estimations, two important changes occurred in the 1990s and 2000s. First, the growing importance of developing economies in global recycled paper trade plays a significant role in import demand as a determinant of trade flows. Second, the changes in global trade patterns necessitate investigating the transportation cost measures used in applied research.
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Keywords: bilateral trade; emerging market economies; panel data; pulp and paper industry; recycled paper

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Business, Lappeenranta University of Technology, PO Box 20, FIN-53851, Lappeenranta, Finland

Publication date: March 4, 2015

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