Environmental health and education : Towards sustainable growth
AbstractThis article aims at investigating the interplay between environmental quality, health and development. We consider an OLG model, where human capital dynamics depend on the current environment, through its impact on children's school attendance. In turn, environmental quality dynamics depend on human capital, through maintenance and pollution. This two-way causality generates a co-evolution of human capital and environmental quality and may induce the emergence of an environmental poverty trap characterized by a low level of human capital and deteriorated environmental quality. Our results are consistent with empirical observation about the existence of Environmental Kuznets Curve. Finally, the model allows for the assessment of an environmental policy that would allow to escape the trap.
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Date of creation: Apr 2009
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Education; environmental quality; growth; health.;
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- Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development
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- NEP-ALL-2009-05-23 (All new papers)
- NEP-DGE-2009-05-23 (Dynamic General Equilibrium)
- NEP-EDU-2009-05-23 (Education)
- NEP-ENV-2009-05-23 (Environmental Economics)
- NEP-HEA-2009-05-23 (Health Economics)
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