FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2002 .092

Structural Change and Environmental Kuznets Curves


Authors: Jens Horbach
Series: Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Editor: Carlo Carraro
Type: Journal
Keywords: Structural Change,Environment
JEL n.: O13,Q20,C22
JEL: forthcoming in RWI-Mitteilungen of the Rheinisch-Westfalisches Institut fur Wirtschaftsforschung Essen

Abstract

The Environmental Kuznets Curve hypothesis (EKC) postulates an inverted u-shaped curve between important pollutants and per capita GDP analogous to the relationship between in-come inequality and income per capita which has been analysed by Kuznets in 1955. The arti-cle focuses on an empirical analysis of structural change between branches as one major de-terminant of EKC´s. The results of a cointegration analysis show that amongst other determi-nants the decline of environmental intensive branches in Germany during the last decades can be econometrically explained by the development of energy prices and the so-called Fourastié hypothesis.

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