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Testing for Convergence in Carbon Dioxide Emissions Using a Century of Panel Data

Westerlund, Joakim and Basher, Syed A. (2007): Testing for Convergence in Carbon Dioxide Emissions Using a Century of Panel Data. Forthcoming in: Environmental and Resource Economics

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Abstract

This paper tests the convergence in per-capita carbon dioxide emissions for a collection of developed and developing countries using data spanning the period 1870 to 2002. For this purpose, three recently developed panel unit root tests that permit for dependence among the individual countries are employed. The results lend strong support in favor of convergence for the panel as a whole. Estimates of the speed of this convergence is also provided.

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