The use of the environmental Kuznets curve: Environmental and economic implications

Remigijus Čiegis, Dalia Štreimikiene, Edmundas Kazimieras Zavadskas

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Abstract

The environmental Kuznets curve hypothesis postulates an inverted-U-shaped relationship between different pollutants and per capita income, i.e., environmental pressure increases up to a certain level as income grows and then it decreases. This paper reviews some theoretical developments and empirical studies dealing with this phenomenon. In particular, it is argued that the optimistic implications of this literature on the sustainability management are not grounded. However, the analysis allows clarification of a few basic conditions for managing sustainable development, including the sustainability of globalisation. These conditions can be met by implementing a consistent policy aimed at shifting Kuznets relations, when downward.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-335
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Environment and Pollution
Volume33
Issue number2-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Economic growth
  • Environmental Kuznets curve
  • Environmental protection
  • Environmental quality
  • Inverted-U-shape

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  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution

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The use of the environmental Kuznets curve : Environmental and economic implications. / Čiegis, Remigijus; Štreimikiene, Dalia; Zavadskas, Edmundas Kazimieras.

In: International Journal of Environment and Pollution, Vol. 33, No. 2-3, 07.2008, p. 313-335.

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