Does environmental quality influence health expenditures? empirical evidence from a panel of selected OECD countries

Narayan, Paresh Kumar and Narayan, Seema 2008, Does environmental quality influence health expenditures? empirical evidence from a panel of selected OECD countries, Ecological economics, vol. 65, no. 2, pp. 367-374.

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Title Does environmental quality influence health expenditures? empirical evidence from a panel of selected OECD countries
Author(s) Narayan, Paresh Kumar
Narayan, Seema
Journal name Ecological economics
Volume number 65
Issue number 2
Start page 367
End page 374
Publisher Elsevier BV
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2008-04-01
ISSN 0921-8009
1873-6106
Keyword(s) environmental quality
health expenditures
panel cointegration
Summary In this paper we examine the role of environmental quality in determining per capita health expenditures. We take a panel cointegration approach in order to explore the possibility of estimating both short-run and long-run impacts of environmental quality. Our empirical analysis is based on eight OECD countries, namely Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK for the period 1980–1999. We find that per capita health expenditure, per capita income, carbon monoxide emissions, sulphur oxide emissions and nitrogen oxide emissions are panel cointegrated. While short-run elasticities reveal that income and carbon monoxide emissions exert a statistically significant positive effect on health expenditures, in the long-run in addition to income and carbon monoxide, we find that sulphur oxide emissions have a statistically significant positive impact on health expenditures.
Language eng
Field of Research 140205 Environment and Resource Economics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Elsevier B.V.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017259

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
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