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  • Begoña Casino

    (Universitat de València)

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    This work presents a clearer way of solving the optimisation problem addressed by Selden and Song (1995)in order to derive the J curve for abatement. The proposed framework is also extended to a two-country model.Results are consistent, also for the two country case, with empirical evidence that shows a positive relationshipbetween environmental quality and economic growth for high income levels. A static comparative analysiscon¿rms that the smaller the rate of discount and/or the less polluting a technology is, the higher the steadystate stock of capital will b e. Moreover, the lack of coop eration is proved to result in smaller e¤ orts to abateemissions. Este trabajo presenta una forma más clara de resolver el problema deoptimización planteado por Selden y Song (1995) con el fin de obtener la curva en J para lasactividades de control de la contaminación. El esquema propuesto se extiende también a unmodelo de dos países. Los resultados son consistentes, también para el caso de dos países,con la evidencia empírica que muestra una relación positiva entre calidad medioambiental ycrecimiento económico para niveles altos de renta. Un análisis de estática comparativa confirmaque cuanto menor es la tasa de descuento y/o menos contaminante la tecnología utilizada,mayor será el stock de capital de estado estacionario. Además, se comprueba que la ausenciade cooperación se traduce en menores esfuerzos por controlar las emisiones.

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    Paper provided by Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie) in its series Working Papers. Serie EC with number 1999-20.

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    Length: 29 pages
    Date of creation: Dec 1999
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    Publication status: Published by Ivie
    Handle: RePEc:ivi:wpasec:1999-20

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    Keywords: calidad medioambiental; crecimiento económico; control de la contaminación environmental quality; growth; pollution abatement;

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