Kuznets curve in municipal solid waste production: An empirical analysis based on municipal-level panel data from the Lombardy region (Italy)

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Ercolano , S , Gaeta , G L , Ghinoi , S & Silvestri , F 2018 , ' Kuznets curve in municipal solid waste production: An empirical analysis based on municipal-level panel data from the Lombardy region (Italy) ' , Ecological Indicators , vol. 93 , pp. 397–403 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.05.021

Title: Kuznets curve in municipal solid waste production: An empirical analysis based on municipal-level panel data from the Lombardy region (Italy)
Author: Ercolano, Salvatore; Gaeta, Giuseppe Lucio; Ghinoi, Stefano; Silvestri, Francesco
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Economics and Management
Date: 2018-10
Language: eng
Number of pages: 7
Belongs to series: Ecological Indicators
ISSN: 1470-160X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/307900
Abstract: By using a novel database that observes 1,497 municipalities from the Lombardy region in Italy between 2005 and 2011, this paper provides an empirical test of the Waste Kuznets Curve (WKC) hypothesis. Fixed effects regression analyses, generalized method of moments models and a number of robustness checks strongly indicate that among the municipalities under scrutiny there is an inverted U-shaped relationship between economic development and waste generation. Nevertheless, only a few of the municipalities under scrutiny reach the turning point of the estimated curve. These findings contribute to the expanding empirical literature that tests WKC by using municipal data, considered the most appropriate for this kind of analysis.
Subject: 511 Economics
Waste generation
Kuznets
Panel data
ECONOMIC-DEVELOPMENT
GENERATION
POLLUTION
CONVERGENCE
PERFORMANCE
EMISSIONS
QUALITY
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