The relationship between economic growth and municipal solid waste & testing the EKC hypothesis: Analysis for Saudi Arabia

Journal Article
Reema, Alajmi, . 2016
Publication Work Type
PhD thesis
Tags
كتابة
Magazine \ Newspaper
Journal of International Business Research and Marketing
Issue Number
5
Volume Number
1
Pages
pp. 20-25
Conference Date
Publication Abstract

Abstract: This paper empirically investigates two main points: application of the VECM test to examine the relationship between economic growth and municipal solid waste (MSW) generation using municipal services, GDP and population growth; and the application of the OLS regression to validate the Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC) hypothesis for MSW over the period of 1980-2012 in Saudi Arabia. The results show that there is a long-standing relationship between the variables under examination, and that the EKC hypothesis is not valid for MSW in Saudi Arabia. Even though there is an inverted U-shaped because the turning point is very high compared with GDP in that period. Saudi Arabia needs to implement new policies and adopt new technologies that help to reduce MSW generation in order to achieve sustainable development in future.