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Title:Economic, demographic and political determinants of pollution reassessed: a sensitivity analysis PDF Logo
Authors:Gassebner, Martin
Lamla, Michael
Sturm, Jan-Egbert
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper 1699
Abstract:Recent literature proposes many variables as significant determinants of pollution. This paper gives an overview of this literature and asks which of these factors have an empirically robust impact on water and air pollution, i.e. do not depend upon the conditioning information set. For this, we apply Extreme Bound Analysis (EBA) on a panel of 208 countries covering the period 1960–2001. We find supportive evidence on the existence of the environmental Kuznets curve. Furthermore, mainly demographic variables and variables capturing the economic structure of a country contribute in explaining air and water pollution.
JEL:C52
F18
L60
O13
Q53
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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