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Environmental Kuznets Curves: Mess or Meaning?

  • Don J Webber

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    (School of Economics, University of the West of England)

  • David O Allen

    (School of Economics, University of the West of England)

The shape of the relationship between the rate of environmental degradation and income per capita has been the subject of much empirical examination. When test results based around this so-called ‘environmental Kuznets curve’ are compared, the empirical evidence is neither consistently supportive of its traditional inverted-U shape nor uniform across pollutants. A deeper understanding of the characteristics of pollutants and of the derived demand and derived supply of pollutants needs to be achieved if environmental Kuznets curves are to be useful.

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Paper provided by Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol in its series Working Papers with number 0406.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2004
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Handle: RePEc:uwe:wpaper:0406
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  1. List, John A. & Gallet, Craig A., 1999. "The environmental Kuznets curve: does one size fit all?," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 31(3), pages 409-423, December.
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