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Economic Growth and the Environment

An Empirical Analysis


Part of the Economy & Environment book series (ECEN, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Economic growth and the environment: an introduction

  3. Theories and concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Sander M. de Bruyn
      Pages 17-39
  4. Empirical analyses of growth and the environment

  5. Empirical analyses of driving forces

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 231-247

About this book


Is economic growth good for the environment? A number of economists have claimed that economic growth can benefit the environment, recruiting political support and finance for environmental policy measures. This view has received increasing support since the early 1990s from empirical evidence that has challenged the traditional environmentalist's belief that economic growth degrades the environment. This book reviews the theoretical and empirical literature on growth and the environment, giving an in-depth empirical treatment of the relationship between the two. Various hypotheses are formulated and tested for a number of indicators of environmental pressure. The test results indicate that alternative models and estimation methods should be used, altering previous conclusions about the effect of economic growth on the environment and offering an insight into the forces driving emission reduction in developed countries.


Economic Growth emission environment environmental policy growth pollution

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Vrije UniversiteitAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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