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The effect of climate change on economic growth: evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa
Wits Business School, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1520-5725
Garden City University College, Kumasi, Ghana.
2016 (English)In: Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, ISSN 1432-847X, E-ISSN 1867-383X, Vol. 18, no 3, p. 417-436Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study is a contribution to the empirics of climate change and its effect on sustainable economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Using data on two climate variables: temperature and precipitation, and employing panel cointegration econometric technique of the long- and short-run effects of climate change on growth, we establish that temperatures beyond 24.9 °C would significantly reduce economic performance in SSA. Furthermore, we show that the relationship between real GDP per capita on one hand and temperature on the other is intrinsically nonlinear.

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2016. Vol. 18, no 3, p. 417-436
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Climate change, Sub-Saharan Africa, Economic growth, Panel cointegration
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-2097DOI: 10.1007/s10018-015-0116-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-2097DiVA, id: diva2:1066094
Available from: 2017-01-17 Created: 2017-01-17 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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