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The environmental Kuznets curve: evidence from time series data for Germany

Hannes Egli

No 03/28, CER-ETH Economics working paper series from CER-ETH - Center of Economic Research (CER-ETH) at ETH Zurich

Abstract: In recent years, extensive literature on the Environmental Kuznets Curve lead- ing to optimistic policy conclusions has attracted great attention. However, the underlying cross-section estimations are not very reliable. Accordingly, this contribution uses time series data for a single country with dependable data quality : Germany. The results of the traditional reduced-form specification do not support the EKC hypothesis. However, with a specification in the tradi- tion of error correction models, which are more appropriate in the presence of non-stationary time series, it is found that the typical EKC pattern can be confirmed.

Keywords: Environmental Kuznets Curve; Error Correction Model; Time Series Data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q00 Q20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 39 pages
Date: 2004-09
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-agr, nep-ene and nep-env
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