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Spatial Convergence Of Per Capita Co2 Emissions Among Mena Countries

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  • Davoud Behboudi

    () (University of Tabriz, Iran)

  • Davoud Hamidi Razi

    (University of Tabriz, Iran)

  • Sadeq Rezaei

    (University of Teheran, Iran)

Abstract

This paper investigates the spatial convergence hypothesis for per capita CO2 emissions among Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries during 1970–2010. Spatial econometric techniques bring us a powerful tool to model spatial spillover effects of pollutions. Also, according to the empirical studies, ignoring spatial autocorrelation and spatial heterogeneity will lead to biased statistical inference. By applying cross-section modeling and spatial dynamic panel data techniques, our results show: (1) per capita CO2 emissions among MENA countries have weak absolute convergence, (2) considering spatial dimension increases conditional convergence speed, but not affects the steady state level of emissions, (3) in long-term steady state, level of per capita CO2 emissions is determined by per capita GDP and degree of urbanization. The implications of these results for sustainable regional development policies are discussed.

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  • Davoud Behboudi & Davoud Hamidi Razi & Sadeq Rezaei, 2017. "Spatial Convergence Of Per Capita Co2 Emissions Among Mena Countries," Romanian Journal of Regional Science, Romanian Regional Science Association, vol. 11(1), pages 18-35, June.
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    Keywords

    MENA; carbon dioxide emissions; convergence; spillover; spatial panel econometrics;

    JEL classification:

    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
    • Q53 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Air Pollution; Water Pollution; Noise; Hazardous Waste; Solid Waste; Recycling
    • P48 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - Political Economy; Legal Institutions; Property Rights; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Regional Studies

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