Economic development and forest cover: evidence from satellite data

Crespo Cuaresma J, Danylo O, Fritz S, McCallum I, Obersteiner M, & See L (2016). Economic development and forest cover: evidence from satellite data. Working Paper No. 25, Department of Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business , Vienna, Austria.

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: deforestation; environmental Kuznets curve; national borders
Research Programs: Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)
World Population (POP)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2016 08:06
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2017 09:39
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/12064

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