Seminar: The Evolution of Global Trade & Impacts on Countries' Carbon Trade Imbalances

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Christina Prell, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 11:00

National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)
1 Park Place, Suite 300
Annapolis, MD 21401

We examine carbon trade imbalances among 172 countries over a 10 year period (2000–2010). A carbon trade imbalance refers to the extent to which the carbon emissions embodied in a country’s exports exceeds the emissions embodied in its imports. Although past research has considered how such balances coincide with variances in wealth and/or trade patterns, none have considered how such balances arise in the context of an evolving network structure. In this seminar, Dr. Prell will consider trade networks and carbon trade imbalances as co-evolving phenomena, and study these using an innovative combination of multi-regional input-output (MRIO) analysis with stochastic actor-oriented models (SAOMs). The findings both challenge and support arguments made by Ecological Unequal Exchange theory and the Gravity Model, and highlight the role emerging economies play in shaping network structure and the distribution of carbon trade imbalances overtime.

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