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Environmental Kuznets Curves: Mess or Meaning?

Don Webber and David Allen
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David Allen: School of Economics, University of the West of England

No 406, Working Papers from Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol

Abstract: The shape of the relationship between the rate of environmental degradation and income per capita has been the subject of much empirical examination. When test results based around this so-called ‘environmental Kuznets curve’ are compared, the empirical evidence is neither consistently supportive of its traditional inverted-U shape nor uniform across pollutants. A deeper understanding of the characteristics of pollutants and of the derived demand and derived supply of pollutants needs to be achieved if environmental Kuznets curves are to be useful.

Keywords: Environmental Kuznets Curves; Empirical Evidence (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O49 Q20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30 pages
Date: 2004-06
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