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Business Activity and Environmental Degradation in Mexico

  • Anissa Chaibi
  • Mohamed Arouri
  • Gazi Salah Uddin
  • Sanjib Chakraborty
  • Philippe Foulquier

This paper contributes to the literature by investigating the relationships between business activity, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, energy consumption in a developing country by taking into consideration the effects of ongoing industrialization and financial development. To do this, we introduce an innovative empirical approach based on ARDL bounds testing in the presence of structural breaks and apply it to Mexico over the period 1971-2011. We show strong evidence of cointegration between these variables. More interestingly, we find that energy is the long-run forcing variable to explain the Mexican business activity growth. This implies that energy savings policy may result in decreasing the national income or employment.

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Paper provided by Department of Research, Ipag Business School in its series Working Papers with number 2013-033.

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Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: 15 Oct 2013
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Handle: RePEc:ipg:wpaper:2013-033
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