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Environmental Quality and Income Inequality: The Impact of Redistribution on Direct Household Emissions in Italy

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  • Laura Castellucci

    () (University of Rome “Tor Vergata”)

  • Alessio D’Amato

    () (University of Rome “Tor Vergata”)

  • Mariangela Zoli

    () (University of Rome “Tor Vergata”)

Abstract

This paper investigates the relation between income distribution and direct households’ emissions in Italy. Our results seem to confirm some recent articles concerned with incomepollution relationship in other countries. Indeed, our empirical analysis shows that decreasing inequality would lead to higher aggregate emissions, whereas increasing inequality would reduce environmental problems. By going into a deeper inquiry of such results, we identify some weaknesses in the framework proposed by the literature, namely the shape of emission intensities distribution. We show that changes in such distribution might lead to opposite conclusions.

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  • Laura Castellucci & Alessio D’Amato & Mariangela Zoli, 2009. "Environmental Quality and Income Inequality: The Impact of Redistribution on Direct Household Emissions in Italy," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, vol. 99(3), pages 125-143, JULY-SEPT.
  • Handle: RePEc:rpo:ripoec:v:99:y:2009:i:3:p:125-143
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    Keywords

    emissions; income inequality; household consumption;

    JEL classification:

    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis

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