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TRANSBOUNDARY POLLUTION AND THE KUZNET'S CURVE IN THE GLOBAL COMMONS

Hauer, Grant; Runge, C. Ford;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2000
Abstract
Recent empirical work suggests an inverted U-shaped relationship between pollution and national income (the environmental Kuznet's curve). This work has typically ignored the fact that pollutants are dispersed to varying degrees. This study shows how varying levels of spatial pollution dispersion (or "publicness") can affect pollution-income relationships. A public goods model captures the idea of the "global commons" with two pollutants. The model suggests that no refutable hypotheses are possible without restrictions on income and substitution effects. With such restrictions, emission levels are lower for countries that have high pollution spillovers and large...
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free text keywords: Environmental Economics and Policy,
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