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Environmental pollution in a growing economy with endogenous structural change


  • Bondarev, Anton
  • Greiner, Alfred


In this paper we study the impact of environmental pollution in an endogenous growth model that allows for structural change. The model is based on doublydifffferentiated R&D where newer, less polluting technologies gradually replace older ones. The analysis shows that the presence of environmental externalities stimulates structural change but reduces the growth rate of the economy. Further, comparing the models with and without structural change demonstrates that the latter implies stronger environmental damages and, consequently, a lower growth rate than the ffirst one. Finally, levying a tax on the polluting output speeds up structural change, thus, reducing environmental pollution and spurring economic growth. This can give new support for the double dividend hypothesis.

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  • Bondarev, Anton & Greiner, Alfred, 2017. "Environmental pollution in a growing economy with endogenous structural change," Working papers 2017/03, Faculty of Business and Economics - University of Basel.
  • Handle: RePEc:bsl:wpaper:2017/03

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    1. Bondarev, Anton & Greiner, Alfred, 2019. "Endogenous Growth And Structural Change Through Vertical And Horizontal Innovations," Macroeconomic Dynamics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 23(1), pages 52-79, January.
    2. Greiner, Alfred & Semmler, Willi (ed.), 2008. "The Global Environment, Natural Resources, and Economic Growth," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780195328233.
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    Environmental Damages; Endogenous Growth; Creative Destruction; Endogenous Structural Change; Double Dividend Hypothesis;

    JEL classification:

    • Q55 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Technological Innovation
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O44 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Environment and Growth

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