Environmental kuznets curves: Economic implications

Remigijus Ciegis, Dalia Streimikiene, Rimantas Pareigis, Dalia Gineitiene

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Abstract

The results of empirical studies on Kuznets environmental curves are discussed in the article as well as economic implications of findings of these studies. The relationship of economic growth and environmental impact has spurred fierce debates between growth optimists referring to the phenomenon of the environmental Kuznets curve, and pessimists referring to the limits to growth. The article draws some hints from a critical assessment of the literature on the environmental Kuznets curve. In particular it is argued that the optimistic implications of this literature on the sustainability management are not granted. However, environmental Kuznets curves analysis allows clarification of a few basic conditions to achieve pollution reduction with economic growth. These conditions can be met by implementing a systematic and strict environmental policy strategy aimed at shifting Kuznets relations downward.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironment. Technology. Resources - Proceedings of the 6th International Scientific and Practical Conference
PublisherRezeknes Augstskola
Pages235-243
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9789984779546
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Scientific and Practical Conference: Environment. Technology. Resources - Rezekne, Latvia
Duration: Jun 20 2007Jun 22 2007

Other

Other6th International Scientific and Practical Conference: Environment. Technology. Resources
CountryLatvia
CityRezekne
Period6/20/076/22/07

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Keywords

  • Economic growth
  • Environment
  • Environmental Kuznets curve
  • Sustainable development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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Ciegis, R., Streimikiene, D., Pareigis, R., & Gineitiene, D. (2007). Environmental kuznets curves: Economic implications. In Environment. Technology. Resources - Proceedings of the 6th International Scientific and Practical Conference (pp. 235-243). Rezeknes Augstskola.