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Cross-country pollution patterns

Don Clark and Alejandro Dellachiesa ()

Applied Economics Letters, 2011, vol. 18, issue 9, 799-804

Abstract: This study investigates the relationship between pollution emissions and levels of economic activity as countries move up the per capita income scale. Previous studies examine the relationships between pollution and per capita income. Pollution emissions are found to be highly concentrated among the lower income countries. Poorer countries account for much more pollution than would be expected from their levels of economic activity. Findings suggest that the proposed US legislation to curb carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will have a minor effect on global warming. The United States should not attempt costly emission reductions until there is a global agreement on CO2 emissions that includes lower- and middle-income countries.

Date: 2011
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DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2010.507169

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