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A Bayesian Approach to the Estimation of Environmental Kuznets Curves for CO2 Emissions

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  • Mazzanti, Massimiliano
  • Musolesi, Antonio
  • Zoboli, Roberto

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This paper investigates the EKC curves for CO2 emissions in a panel of 109 countries during the period 1959-2001. The length of the series makes the application of a heterogeneous estimator suitable from an econometric point of view. The results, based on the hierarchical Bayes estimator, show that different EKC dynamics are associated with the different sub samples of countries considered. On average, more industrialized countries show an EKC evidence in quadratic specifications, which are nevertheless probably evolving into an N shape, emerging from cubic specifications. Less developed countries consistently show that CO2 emissions still rise positively with income, though some signals of an EKC path arise.

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  • Mazzanti, Massimiliano & Musolesi, Antonio & Zoboli, Roberto, 2006. "A Bayesian Approach to the Estimation of Environmental Kuznets Curves for CO2 Emissions," Climate Change Modelling and Policy Working Papers 12057, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:feemcc:12057
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.12057
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    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water

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