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The short-run and long-run effects of corruption control and political stability on forest cover

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  • Galinato, Gregmar I.
  • Galinato, Suzette P.

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This article examines how governance, particularly corruption control and political stability, affects deforestation due to agricultural land expansion. We estimate the short-run and long-run effects of corruption control and political stability on deforestation in South American and Asian countries using data from 1990 to 2003 where converting forest land into agricultural land is a significant problem. Political stability has a positive and significant effect on forest cover in the short run but an insignificant effect in the long run. In contrast, corruption control has a negative and significant effect on forest cover in the short run and the long run with a larger magnitude in the former. One possible explanation is that corruption control induces more technological productivity and, if technology and land use are complements, increases in technological development lead to agricultural land expansion.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Ecological Economics.

Volume (Year): 89 (2013)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 153-161

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:89:y:2013:i:c:p:153-161

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Keywords: Deforestation; Governance; Corruption; Forest cover; Political stability;

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  1. Gregmar Galinato & Suzette Galinato, 2013. "The Role of Government Spending on Deforestation and Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Land Use Change," Working Papers, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University 2013-14, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University.

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