Economic growth, sectoral structures, and environmental methane footprints

Fernández-Amador, Octavio; Francois, Joseph F.; Oberdabernig, Doris A.; Tomberger, Patrick (22 November 2018). Economic growth, sectoral structures, and environmental methane footprints (WTI Working Paper 02/2018). Bern: World Trade Institute

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We analyze the impacts of economic growth on methane emissions per capita at the sectoral level for the period 1997-2014. We cover three stages of the supply chain, distinguishing between emissions embodied in production, final-production, and consumption. We investigate the effects of economic growth on two components of methane emissions per capita, namely methane emissions per value added and value added per capita. We uncover substantial heterogeneity across sectors. Economic growth led to expansions of economic activity in all sectors, but reduced the methane intensity of sectoral value added. In sectors that experienced pronounced reductions in methane intensity, economic growth did not strongly affect emissions per capita. However, in the absence of methane-intensity gains, economic growth raised emission per capita substantially.

Item Type:

Working Paper

Division/Institute:

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > World Trade Institute
10 Strategic Research Centers > World Trade Institute

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > NCCR International Trade Regulation

UniBE Contributor:

Fernandez-Amador, Octavio; Francois, Joseph; Oberdabernig, Doris Anita and Tomberger, Patrick

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law
500 Science > 550 Earth sciences & geology

Series:

WTI Working Paper

Publisher:

World Trade Institute

Language:

English

Submitter:

Rebecca Anne Gilgen

Date Deposited:

08 Mar 2019 15:15

Last Modified:

03 Nov 2019 00:51

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.127208

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/127208

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