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The impact of energy consumption and economic development on Ecological Footprint and CO2 emissions: Evidence from a Markov Switching Equilibrium Correction Model

Lanouar Charfeddine ()

Energy Economics, 2017, vol. 65, issue C, 355-374

Abstract: Reducing the impact of air pollution and global environmental degradation on human health and quality of life for Qatari citizens represents the most important objective of the Qatar National vision 2030. With respect to this vision, this study investigates the effects of economic growth, energy consumption, trade openness, urbanization and financial development on environmental degradation by using the Markov Switching Equilibrium Correction Model with shifts in both the intercept and income per capita slope for the period 1970–2015. Unlike existing studies and in addition to the CO2 emissions pollutant, this paper uses the total Ecological Footprint and Ecological Carbon Footprint as new proxies of environmental degradation.

Keywords: MS-ECM; Environmental degradation; EKC; CO2; Ecological Footprint; Ecological Carbon Footprint; Economic growth (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C24 Q51 Q56 Q57 Q28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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