Life expectancy in the ANZUS-BENELUX countries: the role of renewable energy, environmental pollution, economic growth and good governance

Rahman, Mohammad Mafizur ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7950-1961 and Alam, Khosrul (2022) Life expectancy in the ANZUS-BENELUX countries: the role of renewable energy, environmental pollution, economic growth and good governance. Renewable Energy, 190. pp. 251-260. ISSN 0960-1481


Abstract

Higher life expectancy reflects better public health status, an essential element for countries' overall development. However, life expectancy can be affected by various socio-economic and political factors. To mitigate the debate of the contributory factors, a detailed empirical study on factors that affect life expectancy is still a necessity. Therefore the main aim of this study is to identify the role of a number of disparate issues: renewable energy, environmental pollution, economic growth, urbanization and good governance on life expectancy at birth in the ANZUS-BENELUX countries utilizing the annual data of 24 years (1996–2019) by using different econometric approaches like the Driscoll and Kraay's (1998) standard error technique and feasible generalized least square (FGLS) model. This study reveals that renewable energy economic growth, good governance and urbanization have positive influences on life expectancy. With 1% increase of these variables, life expectancy increases by 0.009%, 0.070%, 0.022% and 0.107%, respectively; whereas environmental pollution has a negative influence on the life expectancy with the elasticity of 0.015. The Dumitrescu and Hurlin panel causality test also identifies a causal association between the selected variables and life expectancy. All the findings are theoretically and empirically consistent and have important breakthrough for health policies.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Business (18 Jan 2021 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Business (18 Jan 2021 -)
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2022 08:08
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2022 03:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: life expectancy; renewable energy; environmental pollution; economic growth; good governance
Fields of Research (2020): 38 ECONOMICS > 3801 Applied economics > 380112 Macroeconomics (incl. monetary and fiscal theory)
38 ECONOMICS > 3801 Applied economics > 380108 Health economics
38 ECONOMICS > 3802 Econometrics > 380204 Panel data analysis
38 ECONOMICS > 3801 Applied economics > 380105 Environment and resource economics
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200499 Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200407 Health status (incl. wellbeing)
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2022.03.135
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/47796

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