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Environmental Kuznets curves, carbon emissions, and public choice




Concern about global climate change has elicited responses from governments around the world. These responses began with the 1997 Kyoto Protocol and have continued with other negotiations, including the 2009 Copenhagen Summit. These negotiations raised important questions about whether countries will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and, if so, how the burden of emissions reductions will be shared. To investigate these questions, we utilize environmental Kuznets curves for carbon emissions for the G8 plus five main developing countries. Our findings raise doubts about the feasibility of reducing global carbon emissions and shed light on the different positions taken by countries on the distribution of emissions reductions.

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  • Lipford, Jody W. & Yandle, Bruce, 2010. "Environmental Kuznets curves, carbon emissions, and public choice," Environment and Development Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 15(04), pages 417-438, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:endeec:v:15:y:2010:i:04:p:417-438_00

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    1. Le, Thai-Ha & Chang, Youngho & Park, Donghyun, 2016. "Governance, Vulnerability to Climate Change, and Green Growth: International Evidence," ADB Economics Working Paper Series 500, Asian Development Bank.
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    3. Diana Thomas, 2015. "Adam Smith and Bruce Yandle: Bootleggers and Baptists: How Economic Forces and Moral Persuasion Interact to Shape Regulatory Politics," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 163(3), pages 401-403, June.
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