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Environmental Pressure and Armed Conflict - Is there an empirical Kuznets Curve for Myanmar?

Parlow, Anton (2014): Environmental Pressure and Armed Conflict - Is there an empirical Kuznets Curve for Myanmar?

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Abstract

Empirical Kuznets Curves (EKC) usually imply an inverted U-shaped relationship between a pollutant and per capita GDP growth. We initially find an inverted U-shaped EKC between CO2-emissions and per capita GDP for the period 1960 to 2004. However, once accounting for a major uprising in 1988 in Myanmar, we can identify two different growth regimes. This structural break changes the nature of the EKC relationship.

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