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Is money green in more ways than one?

Discussion in 'Science & Technology' started by PLC1, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. PLC1

    PLC1 Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 20, 2007
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    The Golden State
    According to this article, it may be.

    IPAT theory:

    IPAT seems not to work in the real world. A better model might be Kuznets curve. Here is an example, referring to sulphur dioxide pollution:


    Pollution increases up to a point, then drops off as the nation becomes affluent enough to address the problem of pollution. The red vs green curves are interesting, too. The green line shows countries with strong protections for property rights; the red curve shows countries with weaker protections.

    Could it be that strong protections for property rights actually lead to less pollution?

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