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The physical economy of the European Union: Cross-country comparison and determinants of material consumption


  • Weisz, Helga
  • Krausmann, Fridolin
  • Amann, Christof
  • Eisenmenger, Nina
  • Erb, Karl-Heinz
  • Hubacek, Klaus
  • Fischer-Kowalski, Marina


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  • Weisz, Helga & Krausmann, Fridolin & Amann, Christof & Eisenmenger, Nina & Erb, Karl-Heinz & Hubacek, Klaus & Fischer-Kowalski, Marina, 2006. "The physical economy of the European Union: Cross-country comparison and determinants of material consumption," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 58(4), pages 676-698, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:58:y:2006:i:4:p:676-698

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