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Empirical study on the determinants of CO2 emissions: evidence from OECD countries

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Abstract:

This article empirically investigates the Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC) for CO2 emissions in the cases of 11 OECD countries by taking into account the role of nuclear energy in electricity production. The autoregressive distributed lag approach to cointegration is employed as the estimation method. Our results indicate that energy consumption has a positive impact on CO2 emissions in most countries in the study. However, the impact of trade is not statistically significant. The results provide evidence for the role of nuclear power in reducing CO2 emissions only in some countries. Additionally, although the estimated long-run coefficients of income and its square satisfy the EKC hypothesis in Finland, Japan, Korea and Spain, only Finland's EKC turning point is inside the sample period of the study, providing poor evidence in support of the EKC hypothesis.

Keywords: ARDL; CO2 emissions; EKC; OECD; Q43; Q51; Q53; nuclear

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2011.577023

Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Socio-Environmental Studies, Fukuoka Institute of Technology, 3-30-1 Wajiro-higashi, Higashi-kuFukuoka 811-0295, Japan 2: Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University, Yoshida-honmachiSakyo-kuKyoto 606-8501, Japan 3: Faculty of Liberal Arts,Saitama University, Shimo-Okubo 255Sakura-ku Saitama-shiSaitama 338-8570, Japan

Publication date: September 1, 2012

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