Desperately Seeking (Environmental) Kuznets: A New Look at the Evidence
19 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2001
Date Written: September 2001
The number of studies seeking to empirically characterize the reduced-form relationship between a country economic growth and the quantity of pollutants produced in the process has recently increased significantly. In several cases researchers have found evidence pointing to 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 dataset on emissions and by employing a new highly flexible functional form.
Keywords: Environment, growth, CO2 emissions, panel data
JEL Classification: O13, Q30, Q32, C12, C23
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