An Estimate of the Age Distribution's Effect on Carbon Dioxide Emissions

16 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2014

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Steven Lugauer

University of Kentucky - Department of Economics

Richard A. Jensen

University of Notre Dame - Department of Economics

Clayton Sadler

University of Notre Dame - Department of Economics

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Date Written: April 2014

Abstract

We estimate the age distribution's impact on carbon dioxide emissions from 1990 to 2006 by exploiting demographic variation in a panel of 46 countries. To eliminate potential bias from endogeneity or omitted variables, we instrument for the age distribution in a country's current population with lagged birth rates, and the regressions control for total population, total output, and country and year fixed effects. Carbon dioxide emissions increase with the share of the population aged 35 to 49 years, and this result is statistically significant and quantitatively large.

JEL Classification: Q4, J1

Suggested Citation

Lugauer, Steven and Jensen, Richard A. and Sadler, Clayton, An Estimate of the Age Distribution's Effect on Carbon Dioxide Emissions (April 2014). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 52, Issue 2, pp. 914-929, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2401380 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12054

Steven Lugauer (Contact Author)

University of Kentucky - Department of Economics ( email )

Lexington, KY 40506
United States

Richard A. Jensen

University of Notre Dame - Department of Economics ( email )

Notre Dame, IN 46556
United States

Clayton Sadler

University of Notre Dame - Department of Economics ( email )

Notre Dame, IN 46556
United States

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