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Is population growth bad for the environment?

Liu, Xiangbo, Levy, Ting, Chao, Chi-Chur and Zhang, Mengbo 2017, Is population growth bad for the environment?, B.E. journal of economic analysis and policy, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 1-14, doi: 10.1515/bejeap-2016-0210.

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Title Is population growth bad for the environment?
Author(s) Liu, Xiangbo
Levy, Ting
Chao, Chi-ChurORCID iD for Chao, Chi-Chur orcid.org/0000-0002-1056-469X
Zhang, Mengbo
Journal name B.E. journal of economic analysis and policy
Volume number 17
Issue number 3
Article ID 20160210
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher De Gruyter
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2017-07
ISSN 1935-1682
1935-1682
Keyword(s) endogenous growth
sustainable growth
environmental degradation
pollution abatement
scale effect
technology innovation
Summary The relationship between economic growth and environmental degradation has been central to the debate over sustainable growth. This paper uses utility growth as an index of sustainable growth, which is positively related to economic growth and negatively related to environmental degradation. Skilled and unskilled labor are used in this economy and the population is growing over time generating growth without scale effects. The pollution growth rate is higher in a decentralized economy, whereas the sustainable growth rate is higher in an economy with a social planner. An increased rate of population growth is associated with a higher sustainable growth rate in both economies. A higher share of skilled labor is associated with a higher sustainable growth rate in a decentralized economy, while the effect of a higher share of skilled labor is ambiguous in an economy with a social planner.
Language eng
DOI 10.1515/bejeap-2016-0210
Field of Research 14 Economics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30102897

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