Can Digital Human Capital Mitigate CO2 Emissions? Empirical Test for Post-Communist Countries
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Keywords:ICT; Internet; Carbon emissions, Post-Communist
AbstractThis study investigates the relationship between internet users, a proxy for digital human capital, and CO2 emissions in a sample of Post-Communist countries over the period 1990-2019. The results suggest that internet diffusion is negatively and significantly correlated with CO2 emission even after controlling for other economic antecedents of environmental degradation. Moreover, using fixed effects two-stage least squares estimator, we document that internet has causal impact on carbon emissions. In the full specification, a 10 percentage points increase in internet use leads to 4.2% decrease in CO2 emissions across Post-Communist countries. These results remain intact even when we introduce additional control variables in the model and conduct analysis on sub-samples. The papers highlights that human capital leads to sustainable development in developing countries.
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Djalilov, B., Kobiljonov, I., & Salahodjaev, R. (2023). Can Digital Human Capital Mitigate CO2 Emissions? Empirical Test for Post-Communist Countries. International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, 13(4), 383–388. https://doi.org/10.32479/ijeep.11885