The impact of economic growth on environmental quality, the case of Zimbabwe 1985 to 2015
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This study looks into the relationship between per capita GDP and per capita emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) in order to detect the conceivable impact of economic growth on environmental dilapidation. The study is conducted on the Zimbabwean economy, for the period between 1985 and 2015 using time series data. A number of theories with varying views on the conceivable impact of economic growth on environmental dilapidation are studied. All studies conclude that there is a relationship between economic growth and environmental dilapidation, the effect of this relationship is however varies. The empirical result of the study indicates there is in fact a relationship between per capita GDP and per capita carbon dioxide emissions. The correlation is positive, which suggests growing per capita GDP leads to increasing carbon dioxide emissions, with a turning point found at which emissions start to decrease when reaching a high enough GDP, in agreement with claims made by some theories. Market economy mechanisms are According to the result, in the long run economic growth is enough to lower the emissions and thus legal avoid further environmental degradation.
- Department of Economics