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Environmental Kuznets Curve: The Case of Russia

Sergei Mihalischev and Yulia Raskina

No 2015/03, EUSP Department of Economics Working Paper Series from European University at St. Petersburg, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper investigates the relationship between economic development and environmental pollution among Russian regions based on the concept of Environmental Kuznets Curve. It shows how income inequality, growth of GRP and structure of regional economy affect emissions of three pollutants: carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide. We estimate a panel data model using the Russian Statistical Agency's data for Russian regions in the period 2000-2013. It is shown that the majority of regions in Russia have not reached a turning point when economic growth leads to decrease in pollution. Growth of the non-manufacturing sector of GRP has either no statistically significant effect on the change in emissions or its impact is ambiguous. The increase in the level of economic inequality in the region is characterized by the decrease in emissions. (In Russian).

Keywords: Environmental Kuznets Curve; regional development; pollution; structural changes in the economy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q56 P28 C23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 34 pages
Date: 2015-11-28
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