Analyzing the relationship between poverty, income inequality, and CO2 emission in Sub-Saharan African countries

Baloch M. A., Danish D., Khan S. U., Ulucak Z. S., Ahmad A.

SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, vol.740, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 740
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.139867
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, PASCAL, Aerospace Database, Analytical Abstracts, Aqualine, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), BIOSIS, Biotechnology Research Abstracts, CAB Abstracts, Chimica, Communication Abstracts, Compendex, EMBASE, Environment Index, Food Science & Technology Abstracts, Geobase, Greenfile, MEDLINE, Metadex, Pollution Abstracts, Public Affairs Index, Veterinary Science Database, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


Poverty and environmental degradation concerns are remained at top priority in achieving sustainable development targets. However, countries are still struggling in achieving poverty alleviation, reducing income inequality, and mitigating environmental pollution which requires immense attention. Hence, this study is an attempt to examine the linkage between, income inequality, poverty, and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for the 40 Sub-Saharan African countries over the period 2010 - 2016. Findings obtained from the Driscoll Kray regression estimator suggest that a rise in income inequality contributes to increasing CO2 emissions. Further, an increase in poverty has a detrimental effect on environmental pollution in Sub-Saharan African countries. Results suggested important policy implications in the light of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the study's sample countries. (C) 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.