Considerable discussion has taken place during the last decade regarding the role of economic growth in determining environmental quality. Using data from 30 OECD countries for the period 1960-2003 and the nonparametric method of generalized additive models, which enables us to use flexible functional forms, this paper examines the environmental Kuznets curve hypothesis for carbon dioxide (CO2). We find that the reduction of coal share in energy use has a significant effect on CO2. Our results imply that economic growth is not sufficient to decrease CO2 emissions.
|Number of pages
|Journal of the Japanese and International Economies
|Published - Dec 2010
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Economics and Econometrics
- Political Science and International Relations