Can Digital Human Capital Mitigate CO2 Emissions? Empirical Test for Post-Communist Countries


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Authors

  • Bekhzod Djalilov Tashkent Metropolitan University, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
  • Islomjon Kobiljonov Tashkent Metropolitan University, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
  • Raufhon Salahodjaev AKFA University, Tashkent, Uzbekistan; & ERGO Analytics, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32479/ijeep.11885

Keywords:

ICT; Internet; Carbon emissions, Post-Communist

Abstract

This 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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Published

2023-07-09

How to Cite

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

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