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Environmental Kuznets Curve for Water Pollution: The Case of Border Countries

DOI: 10.4236/me.2014.51008, PP. 66-69

Keywords: Environmental Kuznets Curve, Water Pollution, Border Countries

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This paper looks for evidence of an environmental Kuznets curve for water pollution in countries that share major rivers as their border. The data in this paper consist of a panel of 21 years and 30 countries, seven of which are border countries. The turning point for the border countries is much lower than that for the other subset. A t-test comparing group means for income and biochemical oxygen demand levels for both subsets finds no statistical difference for either variable, implying that countries sharing a river may be able to enforce environmental regulations more effectively than countries not sharing a river.

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