EU polluting emissions: an empirical analysis



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Álvarez, Francisco and Contestabile, M. and Gómez, C. and Marrero, Gustavo A. and Puch, Luis A. (2004) EU polluting emissions: an empirical analysis. [ Documentos de trabajo del Instituto Complutense de Análisis Económico (ICAE); nº 05, 2004, ]

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We provide an empirical study of the evolution of emissions of some specific air pollutants on a panel of EU member states from 1990 to 2000, and we relate observed patterns to macroeconomic performance. The ratio pollution emission to GDP, so-called emission intensity, has decreased over the period considered in most EU member states. However, a non-parametric analysis reveals that the relative positions of different countries in terms of GDP growth and reduction of emissions have remained basically unchanged. More specifically, remarkable differences can be detected between the richest and the poorest EU members notwithstanding. Also, more dispersion in emissions levels can be found in those countries with lower per capita GDP.

Item Type:Working Paper or Technical Report
Uncontrolled Keywords:Polluting emissions, European Union
Subjects:Social sciences > European Union > European environment policy
Social sciences > Economics > World economy
Social sciences > Economics > Macroeconomics
Series Name:Documentos de trabajo del Instituto Complutense de Análisis Económico (ICAE)
ID Code:7719
Deposited On:11 Mar 2008
Last Modified:28 Sep 2017 12:08

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