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EU Polluting Emissions: an empirical analysis

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  • Francisco Álvarez González

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    (Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Facultad de CC. Económicas y Empresariales.)

  • M. Contestabile

    (Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Facultad de CC. Económicas y Empresariales.)

  • C. Gómez

    (Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Facultad de CC. Económicas y Empresariales.)

  • Gustavo Marrero

    ()
    (Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Facultad de CC. Económicas y Empresariales.)

  • L. Puch

    ()
    (Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Facultad de CC. Económicas y Empresariales.)

Abstract

We provide an empirical study of the evolution of emissions of some specific air pollutants on a panel of EU member states from 1990 to 2000, and we relate observed patterns to macroeconomic performance. The ratio pollution emission to GDP, so-called emission intensity, has decreased over the period considered in most EU member states. However, a non-parametric analysis reveals that the relative positions of different countries in terms of GDP growth and reduction of emissions have remained basically unchanged. More specifically, remarkable differences can be detected between the richest and the poorest EU members notwithstanding. Also, more dispersion in emissions levels can be found in those countries with lower per capita GDP.

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Paper provided by Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales in its series Documentos del Instituto Complutense de Análisis Económico with number 0405.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 2004
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Handle: RePEc:ucm:doicae:0405

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Keywords: Polluting emissions; European Union;

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