Decomposition of the environmental Kuznets curve : scale, technique, and composition effects

Tsurumi, Tetsuya & Managi, Shunsuke (2010) Decomposition of the environmental Kuznets curve : scale, technique, and composition effects. Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, 11(1-4), pp. 19-36.

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This study decomposed the determinants of environmental quality into scale, technique, and composition effects. We applied a semiparametric method of generalized additive models, which enabled us to use flexible functional forms and include several independent variables in the model. The differences in the technique effect were found to play a crucial role in reducing pollution. We found that the technique effect was sufficient to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions. On the other hand, its effect was not enough to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and energy use, except for the case of CO2 emissions in high-income countries.

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ID Code: 75479
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Composition effect; Economic growth; Environmental Kuznets curve; Scale effect; Technique effect
DOI: 10.1007/s10018-009-0159-4
ISSN: 1867-383X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Deposited On: 25 Aug 2014 01:33
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2014 01:55

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