The Nexus Between Economic Development and Environmental Pollution: The Case of Lithuania
The aim of this research is to assess a link between economic development and environmental pollution in the case of Lithuania. The research methods used in this research are as follows: systemic, logical and comparative analysis of literature, and statistical methods: descriptive statistics analysis, correlation analysis. Empirical analysis of this study focuses on the data of Lithuanian counties. The study covers 2000–2015 years using annual data. The cross-sectional data of Lithuanian counties showed that the pollution is higher in the higher GDP per capita counties. However, annual data analysis showed that there is a positive tendency in the sustainable development of the counties as there is the evidence that a strong negative correlation between the pollution and economic development exists in the majority of Lithuanian counties. It means that the decrease of pollution is related to the growth of economic development or vice versa.
KeywordsEconomic development Sustainability Environmental pollution Lithuania
This research was funded by a grant (No. TAP LU-4-2016) from the Research Council of Lithuania.
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