Economic performance and carbon intensity of human well-being: empirical evidence from the MENA region

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    Abstract

    Our paper explores the effect of economic performance variables on the carbon intensity of human well-being (CIWB) for 13 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region over the period (1995–2013). We use a time-series cross-sectional Prais–Winsten regression model with panel-corrected standard errors (PCSEs). We find that economic performance has a statistically significant positive influence on CIWB over the period in question; thus, economic performance harms the environment, but the final effect deviates to a constant level after a while. This finding is not encouraging from the economic sustainability point of view. On the contrary, we find that total health expenditure has a statistically significant negative impact on CIWB by increasing life expectancy, which means less stress on the environment.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)699-723
    Number of pages25
    JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
    Volume61
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 21 2018

    Keywords

    • MENA region
    • carbon intensity of human well-being
    • economic performance
    • panel analysis
    • sustainable economics

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Water Science and Technology
    • Environmental Science(all)
    • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
    • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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