The Causal Factors of International Inequality In CO2 Emissions Per Capita: A Regression-Based Inequality Decomposition Analysis

IEB Working Paper N. 2014/20

38 Pages Posted: 25 Jul 2014

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Juan Antonio Duro

Universitat Rovira i Virgili - Department of Economics

Jordi Teixido-Figueras

European University Institute

Emilio Padilla

Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona

Date Written: May 6, 2014

Abstract

This paper uses the possibilities provided by the regression-based inequality decomposition (Fields, 2003) to explore the contribution of different explanatory factors to international inequality in CO2 emissions per capita. In contrast to previous emissions inequality decompositions, which were based on identity relationships (Duro and Padilla, 2006), this methodology does not impose any a priori specific relationship. Thus, it allows an assessment of the contribution to inequality of different relevant variables. In short, the paper appraises the relative contributions of affluence, sectoral composition, demographic factors and climate. The analysis is applied to selected years of the period 1993-2007. The results show the important (though decreasing) share of the contribution of demographic factors, as well as a significant contribution of affluence and sectoral composition.

Keywords: CO2 emissions, international emissions inequality, regression-based decomposition

JEL Classification: C19, D39, Q43

Suggested Citation

Duro, Juan Antonio and Teixido-Figueras, Jordi Josep and Padilla, Emilio, The Causal Factors of International Inequality In CO2 Emissions Per Capita: A Regression-Based Inequality Decomposition Analysis (May 6, 2014). IEB Working Paper N. 2014/20, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2471015 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2471015

Juan Antonio Duro (Contact Author)

Universitat Rovira i Virgili - Department of Economics ( email )

Tarragona
Spain

Jordi Josep Teixido-Figueras

European University Institute ( email )

Villa Schifanoia
133 via Bocaccio
Firenze (Florence), Tuscany 50014
Italy

Emilio Padilla

Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona ( email )

Bellaterra
Spain

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