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Polluting technologies and sustainable economic development

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  • Luisito Bertinelli

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    (CREA, Université du Luxembourg)

  • Eric Strobl

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    (Ecole Polytechnique Paris)

  • Benteng Zou

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    (Institute of Mathematical Economics, Bielefeld University)

Abstract

We study how the import of older and more polluting technologies alters the relationship between output and environmental quality in developing countries within a vintage capital framework. Our results show that old technologies prolong the period until which pollution may eventually decrease and cause this turning point to be reached at a higher level of pollution. An empirical analysis using export data of vintage technologies from the US and Europe to developing countries supports our theoretical findings.

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Paper provided by Bielefeld University, Center for Mathematical Economics in its series Working Papers with number 379.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2006
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Handle: RePEc:bie:wpaper:379

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Keywords: environmental quality; sustainable development; vintage technologies;

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  1. BERTINELLI, Luisito & STROBL, Eric & ZOU, Benteng, 2006. "Sustainable economic development and the environment: theory and evidence," CORE Discussion Papers 2006057, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).

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