The Environmental Kuznets Curve: A Primer
David Stern ()
CCEP Working Papers from Centre for Climate Economics & Policy, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University
The environmental Kuznets curve (EKC) is a hypothesized relationship between various indicators of environmental degradation and income per capita. As economies get richer environmental impacts first rise but eventually fall. In reality, though some types of environmental degradation have been reduced in developed countries others have not. Furthermore, the statistical evidence for the EKC is not robust and the mechanisms that might drive such patterns are still contested.
Keywords: Economic growth; decoupling; pollution; environmental Kuznets curve; convergence (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q53 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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