Environmental Mortality and Long-run Growth

Lehmijoki U & Rovenskaya E (2009). Environmental Mortality and Long-run Growth. Discussion Paper No. 252 / February 2009. Helsinki Center of Economic Research, University of Helsinki, Finland

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Abstract

There is emerging evidence that environmental degradation increases human mortality. This paper provides a long-run consumer optimization model in which mortality is endogenous to emissions generated by production. Emissions are assumed to follow the EKC path, first rising and then falling along with ouput. In the optimum, some deaths are accepted as an exchange for consumption. The model is estimated for the European outdoor air pollution data, showing that Europe has reached the downward sloping sement of the EKC. Economic growth will thus decrease rather than increase air pollution and the associted deaths in most countries in Europe.

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: optimal growth, pollution, environmental mortality, Europe
Research Programs: Dynamic Systems (DYN)
Bibliographic Reference: Discussion Paper No. 252 / February 2009. Helsinki Center of Economic Research, University of Helsinki, Finland
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Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:42
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2016 16:45
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/9031

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