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CO2 emissions and economic activity: heterogeneity across countries and non stationary series

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  • Matías Piaggio

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    (Department d’Economia Aplicada, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

  • Emilio Padilla

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    (Department d’Economia Aplicada, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Abstract

This paper explores the homogeneity of the functional form, the parameters, and the turning point, when appropriate, of the relationship between CO2 emissions and economic activity for 31 countries (28 OECD, Brazil, China, and India) during the period 1950 to 2006 using cointegration analysis. With a sample highly overlapped over time between countries, the result reveals that the homogeneity across countries is rejected, both in functional form and in the parameters of long term relationship. This confirms the relevance of considering the heterogeneity in exploring the relationship between air pollution and economic activity to avoid spurious parameter estimates and infer a wrong behavior of the functional form, which could lead to induce that the relationship is reversed when in fact it is direct.

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Paper provided by Asociación de Economía Ecológica en España in its series Documentos de Trabajo de la Asociación de Economía Ecológica en España with number 01_2010.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2010
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Handle: RePEc:res:dtecoe:01_2010.pdf

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Keywords: Bound testing; cointegration; CO2 emissions; environmental Kuznets curve; heterogeneity;

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  2. Shahbaz, Muhammad & Sbia, Rashid & Hamdi, Helmi, 2013. "The Environmental cost of Skiing in the Desert? Evidence from Cointegration with unknown Structural breaks in UAE," MPRA Paper 48007, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 03 Jul 2013.
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  4. Md. Al Mamun & Kazi Sohag & Md. Abdul Hannan Mia & Gazi Salah Uddin & Ilhan Ozturk, 2014. "Regional Differences in the Dynamic Linkage between CO2 Emissions, Sectoral Output and Economic Growth," Working Papers 2014-141, Department of Research, Ipag Business School.
  5. Juan Antonio Duro & Jordi Teixidó-Figueras & Emilio Padilla, 2014. "The causal factors of international inequality in co2 emissions per capita: a regression-based inequality decomposition analysis," Working Papers 2014/20, Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB).
  6. Mariana Conte Grand & Vanesa D´Elia, 2013. "Using the Box-Cox transformation to approximate the shape of the relationship between CO2 emissions and GDP: a note," CEMA Working Papers: Serie Documentos de Trabajo. 513, Universidad del CEMA.

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