Income Inequality and Carbon Emissions
University of Göttingen
University of Goettingen (Gottingen) - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Jaume I University - Department of Economics; University of Goettingen (Gottingen) - Ibero American Institute for Economic Research; University of Goettingen (Gottingen) - School of Law, Economics, Social Sciences
affiliation not provided to SSRN
February 29, 2012
We document a U-shaped relationship between income inequality and carbon dioxide emissions per capita, using a newly available panel data set on income inequality (GINI) with observations for 138 countries over the period 1960–2008. Our findings suggest that, for high-income countries with high income inequality, pro-poor growth and reduced per capita emissions levels go hand in hand.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 8
Keywords: environmental quality, income inequality, panel data
JEL Classification: I3, O1, Q3working papers series
Date posted: February 29, 2012
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