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Recent advances in empirical analysis on growth and environment: introduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 November 2017

George Halkos
Laboratory of Operations Research, Department of Economics, University of Thessaly, 28hs Octovriou 78, Volos 38333, Greece. E-mail:
Shunsuke Managi
Department of Urban and Environmental Engineering, Urban Institute, Platform of Inter/Transdisciplinary Energy Research, Kyushu University, Japan. E-mail:


Recently, there has been significant research interest in the empirical formulations of the environment-income relationship using both global and disaggregated data. Advances in methods and availability of better and more extensive data make the old topic of growth and environment a unique field for Environment and Development Economics, among other journals. Conventionally, the environmental Kuznets curve has been important in testing for emissions of many pollutants in many different countries. Now, policy and institutional data including transparency variables are available, making many social and economic factors interesting for policy analysts. In light of these advances, and the existing associated empirical problems in analyzing the income-environment relationship, the key findings of each paper in this special issue are discussed and connected to the related areas of research interest.

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