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Optimal Environmental Protection and Environmental Kuznets Curve

  • Vladimir K. Teles
  • Ronaldo A. Arraes

This paper explores the link between an environmental policy and economic growth employing an extension of the Neoclassical Growth Model. We include a state equation to renewable natural resources, and consider natural resources as a component of the aggregate productivity. It is assumed that the change of the environmental regulations induces costs and that economic agents also derive some utility from stock capital accumulation via-a-vis environment. Using the Hopf bifurcation theorem, it can be shown that cyclical environmental policy strategies are optimal, providing a theoretical support to the Environmental Kuznets Curve

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Paper provided by Econometric Society in its series Econometric Society 2004 Latin American Meetings with number 60.

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