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Air Pollution Convergente and Economic Growth across European Countries

  • Francisco Álvarez González

    (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de CC. Económicas y Empresariales. Dpto. Economía Cuantitativa.)

  • Gustavo A. Marrero

    (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de CC. Económicas y Empresariales. Dpto. Economía Cuantitativa.)

  • Luis Puch

    ()

    (Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Facultad de CC. Económicas y Empresariales. Dpto. Economía Cuantitativa.)

This paper analyses the role of macroeconomic performance in shaping the evolution of air pollutants in a panel of European countries from 1990 to 2000. The analysis is addressed in connection with EU environmental regulation and taking into account macroeconomic performance. We start by documenting the patterns of crosscountry differences among different pollutants. We then interpret these differences within a neoclassical growth model with pollution. Three main pieces of evidence are presented. First, we analyze the existence of convergence of pollution levels within European economies. Second, we rank countries according to its performance in terms of emissions and growth. Third, we evaluate the evolution of emissions in terms of the targets signed for 2010.

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Paper provided by Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Instituto Complutense de Análisis Económico in its series Documentos de Trabajo del ICAE with number 0406.

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Length: 55 pages
Date of creation: 2004
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Handle: RePEc:ucm:doicae:0406
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