Does Internet Use Affect Air Pollution? Evidence from OECD Countries


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  • Unzule Kurt Department of Banking and Finance, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart Universit, Canakkale, Turkey
  • Cuneyt Kilic Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart Universit, Canakkale
  • Ahmet Tayfur Akcan Faculty of Applied Sciences, Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya, Turkey

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32479/ijeep.16067

Keywords:

Internet Use, Economic Growth, Air Pollution, Information and Communication Technologies, Fourier Functions

Abstract

This study aims to analyze the relationship between the use of the internet, which has an important place in information and communication, and air pollution (Carbon Dioxide Emissions-CO2). In this context, the relationship between the variables for the 1994-2019 period in 28 OECD countries selected was tested with the help of a panel data analysis with Fourier functions (Fourier unit root test, panel Fourier cointegration test and panel Fourier causality test). The results of the analysis show that internet use reduces air pollution, while economic growth increases air pollution. The results of the Panel Fourier Granger Causality test revealed a bidirectional causality relationship between internet use and air pollution and a unidirectional causality relationship from air pollution to economic growth throughout the panel. The analysis results present a policy proposal to the governments of OECD countries that they can reduce air pollution by investing in information and communication technologies (ICT) in their economic growth processes.

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Published

2024-05-08

How to Cite

Kurt, U., Kilic, C., & Akcan, A. T. (2024). Does Internet Use Affect Air Pollution? Evidence from OECD Countries. International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, 14(3), 235–246. https://doi.org/10.32479/ijeep.16067

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