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Carbon Emissions and Economic Growth in South Africa: A Quantile Regresison Analysis

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  • B. Mapapu

    (Department of Economics, Faculty of Business and Economic Studies, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa)

  • Andrew Phiri

    (Department of Economics, Faculty of Business and Economic Studies, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.)

Abstract

Of recent carbon emissions have become an increasing concern for economies worldwide. In this study we investigate the relationship between carbon emissions and economic growth for the South African economy, one of the largest emitters of carbon dioxide worldwide. We employ the quantile regression methodology which is applied to annual data covering a period of 1970 to 2014. Our empirical results indicate that very low levels of carbon emissions are most beneficial towards economic growth. Our results thus encourage policymakers to continue to embark on energy efficiency programmes which specifically target lower levels of carbon pollution.

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  • B. Mapapu & Andrew Phiri, 2018. "Carbon Emissions and Economic Growth in South Africa: A Quantile Regresison Analysis," International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, Econjournals, vol. 8(1), pages 195-202.
  • Handle: RePEc:eco:journ2:2018-01-24
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    Keywords

    Carbon Emissions; Economic growth; Environmental Kuznets curve; South Africa; Quantile regressions.;

    JEL classification:

    • C13 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Estimation: General
    • C32 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes; State Space Models
    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation
    • Q43 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Energy and the Macroeconomy
    • Q53 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Air Pollution; Water Pollution; Noise; Hazardous Waste; Solid Waste; Recycling

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