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Growth and Environmental Degradation in MENA Countries: Methodological Issues and Empirical Evidence

Imad Moosa ()
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Imad Moosa: RMIT University

No 1260, Working Papers from Economic Research Forum

Abstract: A large number of studies on the validity of the environmental Kuznets curve for MENA countries, producing (as expected) a mixed bag of results. Several econometric issues are considered with reference to estimates of the EKC for Algeria, Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia. These issues include the order of the polynomial representing the EKC, the validity of the log-log specification, cointegration and spurious correlation, missing variables, and the sensitivity and fragility of the results. It is concluded that the most serious issue is the sensitivity of the results to model specification and other factors, which is not considered in the MENA studies of the EKC.

New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ara and nep-env
Date: 2018-12-03, Revised 2018-12-03
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