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Income inequality and carbon emissions

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  • Nicole Grunewald

    (Georg-August-University Göttingen)

  • Stephan Klasen

    (Georg-August-University Göttingen)

  • Inmaculada Martínez-Zarzoso

    (Georg-August-University Göttingen)

  • Chris Muris

    (Georg-August-University Göttingen)

Abstract

We document a U-shaped relationship between income inequality and carbon dioxide emissions per capita, using a newly available panel data set on income inequality (GINI) with observations for 138 countries over the period 1960–2008. Our findings suggest that, for high-income countries with high income inequality, pro-poor growth and reduced per capita emissions levels go hand in hand.

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Paper provided by Courant Research Centre PEG in its series Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth - Discussion Papers with number 92.

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Date of creation: 01 Sep 2011
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Handle: RePEc:got:gotcrc:092

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Keywords: environmental quality; income inequality; panel data;

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