National Carbon Dioxide Emissions: Geography Matters

Area, Vol. 36, No. 1, pp. 33-40, 2004

21 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2004 Last revised: 16 Dec 2013

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Eric Neumayer

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Date Written: June 29, 2010

Abstract

This article examines the role of geographical factors as determinants of cross-country differences in per capita carbon dioxide emissions. Such differences have been explained by economists mostly in terms of per capita income. Geographical factors on the other hand have been neglected by economic analysis. We examine the effects of cold and hot climates, transportation requirements and the availability of renewable energy sources on emissions. We find that with the exception of cooling requirements as measured by hot climates, all these geographical factors are statistically significant determinants of emissions in accordance with our expectation. Furthermore, cold climates and the availability of renewable resources are also substantively important.

Keywords: Global, carbon dioxide, quantitative analysis, climate, transportation, renewable energy

Suggested Citation

Neumayer, Eric, National Carbon Dioxide Emissions: Geography Matters (June 29, 2010). Area, Vol. 36, No. 1, pp. 33-40, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=483084

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