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Desperately Seeking Environmental Kuznets

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  • Marzio Galeotti

    (University of Bergamo; Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei)

  • Alessandro Lanza

    (International Energy Agency)

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The number of studies seeking to empirically characterize the reduced-form relationship between a country economic growth and the quantity of various pollutants produced has recently increased significantly. In several cases researchers have found evidence in favor of an inverted-U “environmental Kuznets” curve. In the case of a major greenhouse gas, CO2, however, the evidence is at best mixed. This paper attempts to shed further light on this issue by using a newly developed data set covering over one hundred countries around the world for the last twenty five years and by considering alternative functional forms together with an effort to rigorously discriminate among competing alternatives.

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Paper provided by Centro Studi Luca d\'Agliano, University of Milano in its series Development Working Papers with number 137.

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Date of creation: 01 Jun 2000
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Handle: RePEc:csl:devewp:137

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Keywords: Environment; Growth; CO2 Emissions; Panel Data;

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