Population growth and urbanization in Africa: implications for the environment

Samuel Adams, Eric Evans Osei Opoku

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This study examined the effect of population growth and urbanization on the environment (carbon dioxide emissions) for 37 sub Saharan African countries based on 1980-2010 annual data. Using the Pooled Mean Group estimation technique, the findings of the study show that affluence and industrialization have negative effect on the environment (increases carbon dioxide emissions) while urbanization does not have a significant effect on carbon dioxide emissions. The population variable is significant only in the long run but insignificant in the short run. Also, after controlling for the different age groups, the results show that the more active age group (15-59) is positive and significantly related to carbon dioxide emissions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPopulation Growth and Rapid Urbanization in the Developing World
EditorsUmar G. Benna, Shaibu Bala Garba
Place of PublicationHershey, PA
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781522501886
ISBN (Print)9781522501879
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in electronic government, digital divide, and regional development (AEGDDRD) book series


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