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Decoupling in the ecological, social and economic development of the extractive industry area

Vol. 18, Iss. 11, NOVEMBER 2020

Received: 8 October 2020

Received in revised form: 16 October 2020

Accepted: 22 October 2020

Available online: 13 November 2020


JEL Classification: R11

Pages: 2111–2130


Bobrova V.V. Orenburg State University, Orenburg, Russian Federation


Korabeinikov I.N. Orenburg State University, Orenburg, Russian Federation


Kirkhmeer L.V. Orenburg State University, Orenburg, Russian Federation


Subject. This article examines whether there is a relationship between decoupling and economic growth with no increase in the impact on the environment.
Objectives. The article aims to perform a comprehensive analysis of the decoupling of a mineral producing area.
Methods. For the study, we used generalization, synthesis, and the methods of tabular and correlation analyses.
Results. The article says that there is no decoupling in such a mineral extraction area as the Orenburg Oblast.
Conclusions. The lack of decoupling in the Orenburg Oblast indicates a slowdown in the Oblast's transition to sustainable environmental and social and economic development. At the government and business levels, there are still contradictions between the desire for economic profit and the need to solve environmental problems.

Keywords: decoupling, ecology, mining area, economic growth


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