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Spatial Econometrics - Applications To Investigate Distribution Of Co2 Emission In Europe


  • Albu, Lucian Liviu

    () (Institute for Economic Forecasting, Romanian Academy, Bucharest)


Over the last decade economists were more and more concentrated on studying the impact of the greenhouse effect on economy. At the same time, they tried to find solutions to stop the CO2 emissions into the atmosphere and, implicitly, to make changes in the structure of energy production and consumption. This challenge forced them to use new models and methods in order to estimate more accurately the future economic development. Among the special tools, the so-called spatial econometrics begun to be used for studying, for example, the distribution of gas emissions in extended geographical zones, but also to quantify their implication at the macroeconomic level. Using available data, in this study we try to build a simple model dedicated to estimate on medium and long terms some likely major changes in the macroeconomic correlations under the circumstances of increase in the total quantity of CO2 emissions in the atmosphere and how that will influence the economic growth in the future. Certainly, under the unchanged actual technological conditions the growth rate of the economies in Europe or even worldwide could be dramatically affected at least in the long run by stronger restrictions on CO2 emission and on its corollary - production and consumption of energy resources. * (This paper is partially based on the author's study "Elaboration of a General Macroeconomic Model Specific to Romania for the Forecasting of Gas Emissions with Greenhouse Effect", achieved within the National Research Project of Excellence Advanced Forecasting Models for the Estimation of Gas Emissions with Greenhouse Effect Adapted for Romania, Institute for Economic Forecasting, Romanian Academy, Phase II, June 2006, Contract No. 638/3 October 2005, Contracting Authority - MENER, Contractor ICEM, Interval : 2005-2007).

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  • Albu, Lucian Liviu, 2007. "Spatial Econometrics - Applications To Investigate Distribution Of Co2 Emission In Europe," Journal for Economic Forecasting, Institute for Economic Forecasting, vol. 4(1), pages 45-56, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:rjr:romjef:v:4:y:2007:i:1:p:45-56

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    1. David I. Stern, 2004. "Diffusion of Emissions Abating Technology," Rensselaer Working Papers in Economics 0420, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Department of Economics.
    2. Lecocq, Franck & Shalizi, Zmarak, 2004. "Will the Kyoto Protocol affect growth in Russia?," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3454, The World Bank.
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    1. Li Li & Xuefei Hong & Dengli Tang & Ming Na, 2016. "GHG Emissions, Economic Growth and Urbanization: A Spatial Approach," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(5), pages 1-16, May.

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    spatial econometrics; CO2 emission; three-dimensional map; contour plot; distribution;

    JEL classification:

    • C46 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Specific Distributions
    • E17 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Forecasting and Simulation: Models and Applications
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • Q43 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Energy and the Macroeconomy
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming


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