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
  • General Environmental Science
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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