Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/107338
Authors: 
Omri, Anis
Daly, Saida
Rault, Christophe
Chaibi, Anissa
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 5204
Abstract: 
This paper examines the relationship between financial development, CO2 emissions, trade and economic growth using simultaneous-equation panel data models for a panel of 12 MENA countries over the period 1990-2011. Our results indicate that there is evidence of bidirectional causality between CO2 emissions and economic growth. Economic growth and trade openness are interrelated i.e. bidirectional causality. Feedback hypothesis is validated between trade openness and financial development. Neutrality hypothesis is identified between CO2 emissions and financial development. Unidirectional causality running from financial development to economic growth and from trade openness to CO2 emissions is identified. Our empirical results also verified the existence of environmental Kuznets curve. These empirical insights are of particular interest to policymakers as they help build sound economic policies to sustain economic development and to improve the environmental quality.
Subjects: 
financial development
CO2 emissions
trade
economic growth
simultaneous-equation models
JEL: 
E44
E58
F36
P26
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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