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Income inequality and carbon emissions

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  • Nicole Grunewald

    (Georg-August-University Göttingen)

  • Stephan Klasen

    (Georg-August-University Göttingen)

  • Inmaculada Martínez-Zarzoso

    (Georg-August-University Göttingen)

  • Chris Muris

    (Georg-August-University Göttingen)

Abstract

We document a U-shaped relationship between income inequality and carbon dioxide emissions per capita, using a newly available panel data set on income inequality (GINI) with observations for 138 countries over the period 1960–2008. Our findings suggest that, for high-income countries with high income inequality, pro-poor growth and reduced per capita emissions levels go hand in hand.

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  • Nicole Grunewald & Stephan Klasen & Inmaculada Martínez-Zarzoso & Chris Muris, 2011. "Income inequality and carbon emissions," Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth - Discussion Papers 92, Courant Research Centre PEG.
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    1. Gough, Ian, 2015. "Macroeconomics, climate change and 'recomposition' of consumption," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 64438, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    2. Zaman, Khalid & Khilji, Bashir Ahmad, 2013. "The relationship between growth–inequality–poverty triangle and pro-poor growth policies in Pakistan: The twin disappointments," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 30(C), pages 375-393.

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    Keywords

    environmental quality; income inequality; panel data;

    JEL classification:

    • I3 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation

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