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The study investigates the effect of information and communication technology (ICT) and corruption on carbon dioxide (CO 2) emissions in the context of the Environmental Kuznets curve (EKC) hypothesis. Panel data representing 33 Asian countries for the period 2000-2015 is analyzed. The econometric analysis employed allows cross-sectional dependency and can handle the endogeneity, autocorrelation, and heterogeneity issues in the data. The results suggest that ICT increases CO 2 emissions and that corruption also contributes to environmental pollution. Furthermore, EKC is relevant to the significance of ICT and corruption in Asian countries. The study also provides insight into the role of ICT in combating corruption to meet environmental challenges. The introduction of e-governance could be an effective tool to reduce corruption that would be beneficial to improve environmental quality in the region.

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The introduction of e-governance could be an effective tool to reduce corruption that would be beneficial to improve environmental quality in the region.

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This page is a summary of: The corruption-emissions nexus: Do information and communication technologies make a difference?, Utilities Policy, October 2021, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jup.2021.101244.
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