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The environmental Kuznets curve: does one size fit all?

  • List, John A.
  • Gallet, Craig A.

This paper uses a new panel data set on state-level sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions from 1929-1994 to test the appropriateness of the 'one size fits all' reduced-form regression approach commonly used in the environmental Kuznets curve literature. Empirical results provide initial evidence that an inverted-U shape characterizes the relationship between per capita emissions and per capita incomes at the state level. Parameter estimates suggest, however, that previous studies, which restrict cross-sections to undergo identical experiences over time, may be presenting statistically biased results.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Ecological Economics.

Volume (Year): 31 (1999)
Issue (Month): 3 (December)
Pages: 409-423

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:31:y:1999:i:3:p:409-423
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