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Relationship of Economic Growth and Pollution in the Czech Republic
Thesis title in Czech: Vztah ekonomického růstu a znečistění v České republice
Thesis title in English: Relationship of Economic Growth and Pollution in the Czech Republic
Academic year of topic announcement: 2017/2018
Type of assignment: Bachelor's thesis
Thesis language: angličtina
Department: Institute of Economic Studies (23-IES)
Supervisor: RNDr. Michal Červinka, Ph.D.
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Date of registration: 18.04.2018
Date of assignment: 18.04.2018
Date and time of defence: 10.06.2019 09:00
Venue of defence: Opletalova - Opletalova 26, O206, Opletalova - místn. č. 206
Date of electronic submission:06.05.2019
Date of proceeded defence: 10.06.2019
Reviewers: Mgr. Petra Valíčková, Ph.D.
 
 
 
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In this thesis we shall examine to what extent is pollution influenced by the economic growth for the case of the Czech Republic. A part of this phenomenon can be described by the so-called Kuznets curve. In this thesis, we shall determine whether Kuznets curve for the Czech Republic has similar properties as those known for other countries. The Kuznets curve hypothesis postulates an inverted U-shape relationship between GDP per capita and pollutant emissions or concentrations.

The term “pollution” is rather inexact, therefore we shall first choose a sample of pollutants for which data can be obtained and, at the same time, such that the sample represents the overall level of pollution sufficiently well. In the practical part of the thesis we shall use regression analysis to examine the relationship of economic growth and pollution in the Czech Republic. While constructing the regression analysis model, we shall be aware of other factors not included in the model that can cause our model to be inaccurate. One of such possible factors could be, e.g., new legislative regarding environmental protection.

Several authors suggest that economic growth results in increased environmental pollution while others argue otherwise. Many papers offer empirical test of the Kuznets curve hypothesis by analyzing the relationship between economic growth and level of certain pollutants, e.g. carbon dioxide emissions or concentrations. For the purposes of this thesis, we have chose to analyze panel data of concentrations of NOx and SO2. To our knowledge there has not been any such study on this topic for the Czech Republic. This thesis aims to provide such an analysis.
References
1. Jeffery Wooldridge. Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach. Nelson Education, 2015.

2. Gene M. Grossman and Alan B. Krueger. “Environmental Impacts of a North American Free Trade Agreement”. Technical report of National Bureau of Economic Research (1991).

3. Simon Kuznets. “Economic growth and income inequality”. The American economic review 45.1 (1955), pp. 1–28.

4. Nemat Shafikk. “Economic development and environmental quality: an econometric analysis”. Oxford economic papers 46.4 (1994), pp. 757– 774.
Preliminary scope of work
1) Introduction and literature review
2) Choice of sample of pollutants
3) Regression analysis of GDP growth and chosen pollutants
4) Data description and interpretation of the results
5) Conclusion
Preliminary scope of work in English
1) Introduction and literature review
2) Choice of sample of pollutants
3) Regression analysis of GDP growth and chosen pollutants
4) Data description and interpretation of the results
5) Conclusion
 
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