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Does improved environmental policy enhance economic growth?

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  • Knut Rosendahl

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The environmental impacts on an economy is studied over time using endogenous growth theory. Externalities from the environment on production are central in the analysis, and we examine whether an optimal path realizes more rapid economic growth. The paper focuses mainly on developing countries, where production is largely influenced by the environmental quality. The result of the analysis indicates that the economic growth rate may not depend on the internalization of the environmental externality, but rather on the internalization of the human capital externality. The level of economic activity, however, generally seems to depend on the internalization of both externalities. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

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Article provided by European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists in its journal Environmental & Resource Economics.

Volume (Year): 9 (1997)
Issue (Month): 3 (April)
Pages: 341-364

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Handle: RePEc:kap:enreec:v:9:y:1997:i:3:p:341-364

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Keywords: developing countries; endogenous growth; environmental externalities;

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  1. Reis, Ana Balcao, 2001. "Endogenous Growth and the Possibility of Eliminating Pollution," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 42(3), pages 360-373, November.
  2. Ricci, Francesco, 2007. "Channels of transmission of environmental policy to economic growth: A survey of the theory," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 60(4), pages 688-699, February.
  3. Zylicz, Tomasz, 2010. "Goals and Principles of Environmental Policy," International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics, now publishers, vol. 3(4), pages 299-334, May.
  4. Dagmar Nelissen & Till Requate, 2007. "Pollution-reducing and resource-saving technological progress," International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 6(1), pages 5-44.
  5. Vellinga, Nico, 1999. "Multiplicative utility and the influence of environmental care on the short-term economic growth rate," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 16(3), pages 307-330, August.
  6. Giovanni Ganelli & Juha Tervala, 2010. "International Transmission of Environmental Policy: A New Keynesian Perspective," Discussion Papers 58, Aboa Centre for Economics.
  7. George Adu, 2013. "Effects on growth of environmental policy in a small open economy," Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies - SEEPS, vol. 15(4), pages 343-365, October.
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  11. Anders Rygh Swensen, 1997. "Change in Regime and Markov Models," Discussion Papers 204, Research Department of Statistics Norway.

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