Probing the Mechanics of the Environmental Kuznets Curve
Probing the Mechanics of Environmental Kuznets Curve Theory
Jeremy Lynn Kidd, Doctor of Philosophy
Utah State University, 2009
Major Professor: Chris Fawson, Ph.D.
The theory of the Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC) proposes to answer important questions
regarding the connections between economic growth (development) and the environment. The theory
postulates the environment need not always suffer as the economy develops, and it has generated strong
support and opposition. Rather than attempting to defend or debunk EKC theory, this research challenges a
practice engaged in by proponents and opponents alike. Simplifying assumptions are a necessary part of
economic analysis, but this research shows that any assumptions may not be universally applicable.
Utilizing, in turn, a simple one-good model and then a more complicated two-good model, it is discovered
that the competing assumptions utilized by proponents and opponents of the EKC theory may both be valid,
depending upon the conditions present in the system being analyzed.
School:Utah State University
School Location:USA - Utah
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:economic growth environment environmental kuznets curve optimal control
Date of Publication:05/01/2009