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A Dynamic Model of the Environmental Kuznets Curve: Turning Point and Public Policy

Hannes Egli and Thomas Steger ()

Environmental & Resource Economics, 2007, vol. 36, issue 1, 15-34

Abstract: We set up a simple dynamic macroeconomic model with (i) polluting consumption and a preference for a clean environment, (ii) increasing returns in abatement giving rise to an EKC and (iii) sustained growth resulting from a linear final-output technology. There are two sorts of market failures caused by external effects associated with consumption and environmental effort. The model is employed to investigate the determinants of the turning point and the cost effectiveness of different public policies aimed at a reduction of the environmental burden. Moreover, the model offers a potential explanation of an N-shaped pollution–income relation. It is shown that the model is compatible with most empirical regularities on economic growth and the environment. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2007

Keywords: abatement; economic growth; environmental Kuznets curve; external effects; pollution; public policy; Q5; O4 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007
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