Environment, Development and Sustainability

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 743–758 | Cite as

Environmental movement in the Arab world

Article

Abstract

The paper conducts a comparative study across the Arab world in the Middle East and Africa to determine whether variations exist in environmental performance. Using various indicators of performance, including the 2010 environmental performance index and the total number of international environmental agreements signed, ratified, or accessed by individual governments, the paper concludes that the Arab world is at par with the developing world with its environmental performance. The paper empirically shows that economic well-being determines environmental performance, thus providing evidence to support the EKC-type hypothesis.

Keywords

Arab world Environmental performance Environmental Kuznets curve International environmental agreements 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Deptartment of Economics, School of BusinessLebanese American UniversityByblosLebanon

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