Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/73083
Authors: 
Buehn, Andreas
Farzanegan, Mohammad Reza
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Joint Discussion Paper Series in Economics 26-2012
Abstract: 
Environmental quality and climate change have long attracted attention in policy debates. Recently, air quality has emerged on the policy agenda. We calculate a new index of air quality using CO2 and SO2 emissions per capita as indicators and provide a ranking for 122 countries from 1985 to 2005. The empirical analysis supports the EKC hypothesis and shows a significant influence of determinants such as energy efficiency, industrial production, electricity produced from coal sources, and urbanization on air quality. According to our index, Luxemburg, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and Japan are among the top 5 countries in terms of air quality performance. The Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Togo, and Nepal performed worst in 2005.
Subjects: 
Air quality
MIMIC model
EKC hypothesis
Development
Emissions
JEL: 
Q56
Q58
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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