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Polluting technologies and sustainable economic development

  • BERTINELLI, Luisito
  • STROBL, Eric
  • ZOU, Benteng

We study how the import of older and more polluting technologies alters the relationship between output and environmental quality in developing countries within a vintage capital framework. Our results show that old technologies prolong the period until which pollution may eventually decrease and cause this turning point to be reached at a higher level of pollution. An empirical analysis using export data of vintage technologies from the US and Europe to developing countries supports our theoretical findings.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 2006052.

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Date of creation: 00 Jun 2006
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Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:2006052
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