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Environmental Kuznets Curves for Carbon Emissions: A Critical Survey

Nektarios Aslanidis ()

No 2009.75, Working Papers from Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei

Abstract: The empirical finding of an inverse U-shaped relationship between per capita income and pollution, the so-called Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC), suggests that as countries experience economic growth, environmental deterioration decelerates and thus becomes less of an issue. Focusing on the prime example of carbon emissions, the present article provides a critical review of the new econometric techniques that have questioned the baseline polynomial specification in the EKC literature. We discuss issues related to the functional form, heterogeneity, “spurious” regressions and spatial dependence to address whether and to what extent the EKC can be observed. Despite these new approaches, there is still no clear-cut evidence supporting the existence of the EKC for carbon emissions.

Keywords: Environmental Kuznets Curve; Carbon Emissions; Functional Form; Heterogeneity; “Spurious” Regressions; Spatial Dependence (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C20 O13 Q32 Q50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009-09
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-agr, nep-ene and nep-env
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