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6. Mai 2022


The impact of changing GDP accounting conventions on evidence for decoupling


6. Mai 2022


Elinor Ostrom Hall
DIW Berlin
Mohrenstr. 58
10117 Berlin


Gregor Semieniuk (University of Massachusetts)

Abstract: Efforts to assess the possibilities for decoupling economic growth from negative environmental impacts have examined their historical relationship, with varying and inconclusive results. Part of the problem is ambiguity arising from definitional changes to GDP. I review the history of structural revisions to GDP on both the national level and on international comparisons of purchasing power parity, compare decoupling results using various historical definitions of GDP on the same environmental indicator, and demonstrate that changing the GDP data vintage does impact decoupling results in qualitatively important ways.

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Franziska Holz
Franziska Holz

Stellvertretende Abteilungsleiterin in der Abteilung Energie, Verkehr, Umwelt