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Is Aging Harmful to the Environment?

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  • Tetsuo Ono

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  • Yasuo Maeda

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How does aging affect the environment? We analyze this question using anoverlapping generations model featuring uncertain lifetimes andenvironmental externalities. We show that whether aging is harmful to theenvironment depends on the curvature of utility function, which ismeasured by the degree of relative risk aversion. We also explore theimplication of the results for environmental policy in an aging society. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001

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  • Tetsuo Ono & Yasuo Maeda, 2001. "Is Aging Harmful to the Environment?," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 20(2), pages 113-127, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:enreec:v:20:y:2001:i:2:p:113-127 DOI: 10.1023/A:1012676227797
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