Economic Development and Forest Cover: Evidence from Satellite Data

Crespo Cuaresma, Jesus and Danylo, Olha and Fritz, Steffen and McCallum, Ian and Obersteiner, Michael and See, Linda (2016) Economic Development and Forest Cover: Evidence from Satellite Data. Department of Economics Working Paper Series, 215. WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna.


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We use satellite data on forest cover along national borders in order to study the determinants of deforestation differences across countries. We combine the forest cover information with data on homogeneous response units, which allow us to control for cross-country geoclimatic differences when assessing the drivers of deforestation. Income per capita appears to be the most robust determinant of differences in cross-border forest cover and our results present evidence of the existence of decreasing effects of income on forest cover as economic development progresses.(authors' abstract)

Item Type: Paper
Keywords: deforestation / environmental Kuznets curve / national borders
Classification Codes: JEL Q23, Q56
Divisions: Departments > Volkswirtschaft
Depositing User: Claudia Tering-Raunig
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2016 12:15
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2019 00:41


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