Research seminar of the Czech Economic Society

Research seminar lectured by Dominic Rohner (Professor of Political and Institutional Economics at HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne). Presentation of his paper "Multinationals vs Mother Nature? The Impact of Multinational Firms on the Environment" (joint work with Frederik Noack and Tommaso Sonno).

A unique spatially fine-grained panel of multinational companies' activities in Africa is used to quantify their impact on the environment. The results show that an exogenous expansion of multinational firm activity causes severe losses of forest cover, degraded biodiversity and an increase in air pollution. Further, we find that the environmental degradation is not caused by economic activity in general, but specifically by the activity of multinational firms, mainly from the primary sector. This finding could hardly be more striking: For a fixed amount of economic activity, the firm structure matters heavily, as having more multinational rather than local firms results in more severe environmental degradation.

Seminar moderated by doc. Ing. Daniel Němec, Ph.D., Faculty of Economics and Administration.

The seminar will be held in English, only in person, without recording.

Organized by
Department of Economics (Faculty of Economics and Administration)
Czech Economic Society
doc. Ing. Daniel Němec, Ph.D.
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