Testing for environmental Kuznets curves within a developing country


Journal Article

Previous studies of the association between pollution and income have tended to analyse cross-sectional or panel data for a sample of developing and developed countries. This paper presents an analysis for a single country, Malaysia. This south-east Asian country has more, and probably better, data on environmental quality than perhaps any other developing country. I find that pollution-income relationships from the cross-country studies fail to predict accurately trends in air and water pollution in Malaysia. In particular, none of six pollution-income relationships estimated using a panel data set for Malaysian states has the hypothesized 'environmental Kuznets curve' form. Although these results are inconsistent with the predictions of the cross-country relationships, they make sense in the Malaysian context. Perhaps most important, their interpretation confirms the importance of policy decisions in determining environmental outcomes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Vincent, JR

Published Date

  • January 1, 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 417 - 431

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1355-770X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/S1355770X97000223

Citation Source

  • Scopus