Modelling Sulphur Emissions in Europe: A Spatial Econometric Approach

Posted: 30 Jun 2008

See all articles by David J. Maddison

David J. Maddison

University College London - Department of Economics

Date Written: October 2007

Abstract

Previous authors have described an acid rain game in which countries respond to transboundary depositions of sulphur by adjusting their domestic emissions. Multiple attempts to model environmental Kuznets curves for sulphur emissions over time, however, have ignored the theoretical dependency of emissions on transboundary depositions. This neglect is surprising since in Europe there are numerous examples of countries whose own contribution to domestic depositions is less than the contribution from foreign emissions. Within the context of a long panel of sulphur emissions for European countries it is shown that accounting for transboundary emissions markedly alters the perceived shape of the environmental Kuznets curve. Far more compelling however is a model characterized by a spatial lag in which countries simply track changes in the per capita emissions characteristics of their neighbours irrespective of their per capita income levels.

Keywords: JEL classifications: Q50, Q53, Q58

Suggested Citation

Maddison, David J., Modelling Sulphur Emissions in Europe: A Spatial Econometric Approach (October 2007). Oxford Economic Papers, Vol. 59, Issue 4, pp. 726-743, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1153305 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oep/gpm005

David J. Maddison (Contact Author)

University College London - Department of Economics ( email )

Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
394
PlumX Metrics