Determinants of Carbon Emission among Households in Eastern Visayas, Philippines

Author: Jessa H. Ruales


Information and studies about carbon emissions are available on national level but it is very limited on regional level. Hence, we focus on Eastern Visayas and aim to investigate the influence of rising income and other socio-demographic characteristics on household’s carbon emission level. The analyses reveal that income has a significant nonlinear relationship with carbon emission depicting a turning point. However, the turning point is very high implying that household carbon emissions in Eastern Visayas will increase given the current income range. In addition, other household characteristics such as age, educational attainment, civil status, floor area, access to electricity and urbanity significantly influence household carbon emissions. Basing from the results, income and other socio-demographic characteristics are significant determinants of household emissions. The strong and significant association of income and emissions indicates that we will be further expecting increase in emissions as households become richer. Implementation of policies regarding mitigating climate change should start at the household level since results show that households has a strong influence on the increasing carbon emission.

Keywords: income, socio-demographic characteristics, Environmental Kuznets Curve

Cite this article as:
Ruales, J. H. (2017). Determinants of Carbon Emission among Households in Eastern Visayas, Philippines. Review of Socio-Economic Research and Development Studies, 1(1), 44-58.