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GDP and environment pressure: The role of energy in Latin America and the Caribbean

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  • Zilio, Mariana
  • Recalde, Marina
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    This paper analyzes the relationship between economic growth and energy consumption for a sample of 21 Latin American and Caribbean countries during the 1970–2007 period. The investigation is made on the bases of the Energy Environmental Kuznets Curve (EEKC) hypothesis, using a panel data analysis. Energy consumption at aggregate level is used as an indicator of human environmental pressure and GDP per capita as an indicator of economic activity. Based in a cointegration approach, our results does not support the existence of a stable long run relationship between the series, rejecting the validity of such hypothesis for the selected sample over the 1970–2007 period.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Energy Policy.

    Volume (Year): 39 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 12 ()
    Pages: 7941-7949

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:39:y:2011:i:12:p:7941-7949

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    Keywords: Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC); Energy consumption; Developing countries;

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