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Probing the Mechanics of the Environmental Kuznets Curve

by Kidd, Jeremy Lynn

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Probing the Mechanics of Environmental Kuznets Curve Theory by Jeremy Lynn Kidd, Doctor of Philosophy Utah State University, 2009 Major Professor: Chris Fawson, Ph.D. Department: Economics 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. (120 pages) iv
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School:Utah State University

School Location:USA - Utah

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:economic growth environment environmental kuznets curve optimal control

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Date of Publication:05/01/2009

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