Economics at your fingertips  

The Central Role of Energy in the Urban Transition: Global Challenges for Sustainability

Joseph R. Burger (), James H. Brown, John W. Day, Tatiana P. Flanagan and Eric D. Roy
Additional contact information
Joseph R. Burger: Duke University Population Research Institute (DUPRI)
James H. Brown: University of New Mexico
John W. Day: Louisiana State University
Tatiana P. Flanagan: University of New Mexico
Eric D. Roy: University of Vermont

Biophysical Economics and Resource Quality, 2019, vol. 4, issue 1, 1-13

Abstract: Abstract The urban transition, the increased ratio of urban to rural population globally and within countries, is a hallmark of the twenty-first century. Our analysis of publicly available data from the World Bank spanning several decades for ~ 195 countries shows that across and within nations over time, per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP), energy use, and CO2 emissions are lowest in predominantly rural countries (rural > urban pop.), increase rapidly across urbanizing countries (rural ≈ urban pop.), and are highest in the most urban countries (rural

Keywords: Biophysical economics; Climate change; Economic demography; Energy; Employment; Human ecology; Sustainability; Urban footprint; Cities (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (1) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link) Abstract (text/html)
Access to the full text of the articles in this series is restricted.

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from

DOI: 10.1007/s41247-019-0053-z

Access Statistics for this article

Biophysical Economics and Resource Quality is currently edited by C.A.S. Hall and U. Bardi

More articles in Biophysical Economics and Resource Quality from Springer
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Sonal Shukla () and Springer Nature Abstracting and Indexing ().

Page updated 2022-05-12
Handle: RePEc:spr:bioerq:v:4:y:2019:i:1:d:10.1007_s41247-019-0053-z