Income Inequality and Carbon Emissions

8 Pages Posted: 29 Feb 2012

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Nicole Grunewald

University of Göttingen

Stephan Klasen

University of Goettingen (Gottingen) - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Inmaculada Martínez-Zarzoso

University of Goettingen (Gottingen) - School of Law, Economics, Social Sciences; Jaume I University - Department of Economics

Chris Muris

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: February 29, 2012

Abstract

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.

Keywords: environmental quality, income inequality, panel data

JEL Classification: I3, O1, Q3

Suggested Citation

Grunewald, Nicole and Klasen, Stephan and Martínez-Zarzoso, Inmaculada and Muris, Chris, Income Inequality and Carbon Emissions (February 29, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2013039 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2013039

Nicole Grunewald

University of Göttingen ( email )

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Stephan Klasen

University of Goettingen (Gottingen) - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

Platz der Goettinger Sieben 3
Goettingen, 37073
Germany
+49-551-397303 (Phone)
+49-551-397302 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: www.vwl.wiso.uni-goettingen.de/klasen.html

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.CESifo.de

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Inmaculada Martínez-Zarzoso

University of Goettingen (Gottingen) - School of Law, Economics, Social Sciences ( email )

Germany

Jaume I University - Department of Economics ( email )

Campus del Riu Sec.
E-12071 Castellon
Spain

Chris Muris (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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