Thursday, July 9, 2009

Job Talk Abstract

Here is the abstract for my upcoming presentation:

Modelling Global Trends in Emissions and Energy Efficiency

The environmental Kuznets curve has been a popular simple model of the relationship between economic growth and environmental quality. It is plagued, however, by significant econometric issues and explains relatively little about the differences in emissions between countries. In this presentation I will: 1) present an improved version of the EKC that overcomes the econometric issues, 2) present an alternative approach based on production frontiers including results for sulfur emissions in the OECD, 3) discuss modelling the factors that affect a country’s choice of energy or environmental efficiency.

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