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The environmental Kuznets curve and the Pasteur effect: environmental costs in Sweden 1850-2000
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic history.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3293-2318
2014 (English)In: European Review of Economic History, ISSN 1361-4916, E-ISSN 1474-0044, Vol. 18, 306-323 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The dynamics of environmental problems is among other things affected by knowledge and economic growth and the perception of welfare. In this article, we present a method for aggregating historically relevant environmental pressure indicators, thereby acknowledging that the complexity of environmental problems calls for multi-indicator approaches. Secondly, we use the aggregate for exploring the long-run dynamics between the environment and economic growth, using a methodology used in the study of the so-called environmental Kuznets curve. We find evidence for a right tilted-S form dynamic relationship. The dynamics is analyzed in a framework stressing that new knowledge of environmental problems is an important driver for the changing relationship, here called "the Pasteur effect".

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2014. Vol. 18, 306-323 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-92933DOI: 10.1093/ereh/heu011ISI: 000339907600004OAI: diva2:747841
Available from: 2014-09-17 Created: 2014-09-09 Last updated: 2015-03-05Bibliographically approved

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