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Economic, Demographic and Political Determinants of Pollution Reassessed: A Sensitivity Analysis


Martin Gassebner


ETH Zurich - KOF Swiss Economic Institute; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Michael J. Lamla


ETH Zurich - KOF Swiss Economic Institute; University of Essex

Jan-Egbert Sturm


KOF Swiss Economic Institute; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute

April 2006

CESifo Working Paper Series No. 1699

Abstract:     
Recent literature proposes many variables as significant determinants of pollution. This paper gives an overview of this literature and asks which of these factors have an empirically robust impact on water and air pollution, i.e., do not depend upon the conditioning information set. For this, we apply Extreme Bound Analysis (EBA) on a panel of 208 countries covering the period 1960-2001. We find supportive evidence of the existence of the environmental Kuznets curve. Furthermore, mainly demographic variables and variables capturing the economic structure of a country contribute to explaining air and water pollution.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 42

Keywords: pollution, environment, sensitivity analysis, environmental Kuznets

JEL Classification: C52, F18, L60, O13, Q53

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Date posted: March 6, 2006  

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Gassebner, Martin and Lamla, Michael J. and Sturm, Jan-Egbert, Economic, Demographic and Political Determinants of Pollution Reassessed: A Sensitivity Analysis (April 2006). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 1699. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=888503

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Martin Gassebner (Contact Author)
ETH Zurich - KOF Swiss Economic Institute ( email )
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Zurich, 8092
Switzerland
HOME PAGE: http://www.kof.ethz.ch/chair/
CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) ( email )
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Germany
Michael J. Lamla
ETH Zurich - KOF Swiss Economic Institute ( email )
Zurich
Switzerland
University of Essex ( email )
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom
Jan-Egbert Sturm
KOF Swiss Economic Institute ( email )
Zurich
Switzerland
CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)
Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, 81679
Germany
HOME PAGE: http://www.cesifo.de
CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute ( email )
Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, 01069
Germany
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