Are BRICS countries pollution havens? Evidence from a bootstrap ARDL bounds testing approach with a Fourier function


Yilanci V., BOZOKLU Ş., Gurus M. S.

SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND SOCIETY, vol.55, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 55
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.scs.2020.102035
  • Journal Name: SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND SOCIETY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Compendex, INSPEC
  • Keywords: BRICS, Ecological footprint, FDI inflow, Pollution halo hypothesis, Pollution haven hypothesis, Fourier, ARDL test, FOREIGN DIRECT-INVESTMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL KUZNETS CURVE, PANEL-DATA ANALYSIS, CARBON-DIOXIDE EMISSIONS, ECONOMIC-GROWTH EVIDENCE, ENERGY-CONSUMPTION, CO2 EMISSIONS, ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT, FINANCIAL DEVELOPMENT, DEGRADATION EVIDENCE
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

The goal of this paper to determine whether the effect of foreign direct investment inflows on the environment is pollutive or pollution-reducing for BRICS countries-Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa-using annual data for the period 1982-2014. For that purpose, this study examines the long-run impact of FDI inflow and energy use on ecological footprint and its components-crop land, grazing land, forest land, fishing ground, built-up land, and carbon footprint-by introducing and utilizing the bootstrap autoregressive distributed lag model with a Fourier function (FARDL) for cointegration. The findings demonstrate that although the effect of FDI inflows on the footprints is mixed in Brazil and Russia, it is positive on environmental degradation regarding ecological footprint and carbon footprint in India. Furthermore, it is found that FDI inflows increase environmental quality in China for cropland and grazing land footprints and in South Africa for crop land, grazing land, fishing ground, and built-up footprints. Furthermore, the long-run effect of energy consumption is mostly pollutive for BRICS countries.