Desperately Seeking (Environmental) Kuznets
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei Working Paper No. 2.99
47 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 1999
Date Written: January 1999
The number of studies seeking to empirically characterize the reduced-form relationship between a country economic growth and the quantity of various pollutants produced has recently increased significantly. In several cases researchers have found evidence in favor of an inverted-U "environmental Kuznets" curve. In the case of a major greenhouse gas, CO2, however, the evidence is at best mixed. This paper attempts to shed further light on this issue by using a newly developed data set covering over one hundred countries around the world for the last twenty five years and by considering alternative functional forms together with an effort to rigorously discriminate among competing alternatives.
JEL Classification: O13, Q30, Q32, C12, C23
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