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Does the energy-environmental Kuznets curve hypothesis sustain in the Asia-Pacific region?

Aruga, Kentaka (2017): Does the energy-environmental Kuznets curve hypothesis sustain in the Asia-Pacific region?

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Abstract

As mitigating the effects of energy consumption on the environment is a crucial issue for the Asia-Pacific region, this study investigates the energy-environmental Kuznets curve (EEKC) hypothesis among the 19 Asia-Pacific regions. The study also test the hypothesis for the low-, middle-, and high-income groups of the region. The panel regression and cointegration models are used for this purpose. Both models suggest that the EEKC hypothesis does sustain for the whole Asia-Pacific region. However, the test performed on the income groups revealed that the hypothesis only holds for the high-income group and the low- and middle-income groups do not satisfy the hypothesis. This is likely indicating that the transition in the energy consumption along the EEKC is only occurring in the developed countries of the Asia-Pacific region.

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