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Does Education Really Matter for Environmental Quality?

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  • Somlanaré Romuald Kinda

    (CERDI - Centre d'études et de recherches sur le developpement international - CNRS : UMR6587 - Université d'Auvergne - Clermont-Ferrand I)

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This paper investigates the impact of education on the growth of carbon dioxide emissions per capita over the period 1970-2004 in 85 countries. Using panel data and applying GMM-System estimations, our results suggest that education has no impact on the growth of air pollution for the whole sample. Nonetheless, this effect is sensitive to the sampling of countries according to their level of development. Indeed, while the effect remains insignificant in the developing countries sub-sample, education does matter for air pollution growth in the developed countries. More interestingly, when controlling for the quality of political institutions, the positive effect of education on air pollution growth is mitigated in the developed countries while being insignificant in the developing countries.

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Keywords: Carbon dioxide per Capita; Education; Democratic institutions (043);

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  1. Does Education Matter for Environmental Quality?
    by Ariel Goldring in Free Market Mojo on 2010-11-28 15:00:38
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  1. Jean-Louis Combes & Pascale Combes Motel & Somlanare Romuald KINDA, 2014. "Do Environmental Policies Hurt Trade Performance?," Working Papers, HAL halshs-00939249, HAL.

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