Economic growth and the environment: reassessing the environmental Kuznets Curve for air pollution emissions in OECD countries

E.S. Georgiev, E.S. Mihaylov

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Abstract

This paper tests the Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC) hypothesis for four local (SOx, NOx , CO, VOC) and two global (CO2, GHG) air pollutants. Using a panel data set of thirty OECD countries, the paper finds that the postulated inverted U-shaped relationship between income and pollution does not hold for all gases. A meaningful EKC exists only for CO, VOC and NOx , where for CO2 the curve is monotonically increasing. For GHG there is indication of EKC, but most countries are still on the increasing path of the curve. SOx emissions follow a U-shaped curve.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-47
JournalLetters in Spatial and Resource Sciences
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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