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Health benefits of tunneling through the Chinese environmental Kuznets curve (EKC)

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  • Brajer, Victor
  • Mead, Robert W.
  • Xiao, Feng
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    In this paper, we first add to what is a growing literature on the existence and nature of the environmental Kuznets curve (EKC) model for developing countries, by testing for the existence of an EKC for China using a panel data set of city-specific, annual ambient levels of SO2 pollution. We find some support for both the typical inverted-U-shaped relationship and an N-shaped, cubic configuration. More significantly, we then explore the possibility of China's "tunneling" through the EKC, by using newer, cleaner technologies, and thereby avoiding some of the environmental degradation that had often accompanied economic growth. Specifically, we estimate and economically value the health benefits realizable to Chinese cities from successful efforts to "tunnel" under the EKC over the next generation.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Ecological Economics.

    Volume (Year): 66 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 4 (July)
    Pages: 674-686

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:66:y:2008:i:4:p:674-686

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    Keywords: Environmental Kuznets curve Health benefits Tunneling Asia China;

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    Cited by:
    1. Massimiliano Mazzanti & Antonio Musolesi, 2011. "Income and time related effects in EKC," Working Papers 201105, University of Ferrara, Department of Economics.
    2. Massimiliano Mazzanti & Antonio Musolesi, 2010. "Carbon Abatement Leaders and Laggards Non Parametric Analyses of Policy Oriented Kuznets Curves," Working Papers 2010.149, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
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