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Investigating the environmental externalities of digital financial inclusion and the COVID-19 pandemic: an environmental sustainability perspective.
Zheng, ShiYong; Sheng, Bing; Ghafoor, Abdul; Ashraf, Ahsan Ali; Qamri, Ghulam Muhammad.
  • Zheng S; School of Business, Guilin University of Electronic Technology, Guilin, Guangxi, China.
  • Sheng B; Management School of Hainan University, Haikou, Hainan, China.
  • Ghafoor A; College of Digital Economics, Nanning University, Nanning, Guangxi, China.
  • Ashraf AA; Institute of International Economics and Collaborative Innovation Center for China Economy, Nankai University, Tianjin, 300071, China.
  • Qamri GM; Institute of Business Management Sciences, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Faisalabad, Pakistan. ghafoor@uaf.edu.pk.
Environ Sci Pollut Res Int ; 30(33): 80758-80767, 2023 Jul.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-20245363
ABSTRACT
Financial inclusion enhances economic growth by facilitating businesses and individuals to access financial resources. Financial inclusion also contributes to environmental sustainability; however, very few studies have explored the link between financial inclusion and the environment. Also, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on environmental performance remains unexplored. From this perspective, this study probes the objective of whether financial inclusion and environmental performance co-move in COVID-19 in highly polluted economies. This objective is tested with the help of 2SLS and GMM approaches. The study also gets assistance from a panel quantile regression approach for empirical tasks. The results show that financial inclusion and the COVID-19 pandemic have a negative impact on CO2 emissions. Based on these findings, the study suggests that highly polluted economies should promote financial inclusion and assimilate environmental policies with financial inclusion policies to attain environment-related goals.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Environment / COVID-19 Type of study: Health_economic_evaluation Limits: Humans Language: English Journal: Environ Sci Pollut Res Int Journal subject: Environmental Health / Toxicology Year: 2023 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: S11356-023-27433-z

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Environment / COVID-19 Type of study: Health_economic_evaluation Limits: Humans Language: English Journal: Environ Sci Pollut Res Int Journal subject: Environmental Health / Toxicology Year: 2023 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: S11356-023-27433-z