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The environmental resource curse hypothesis: the forest case

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  • Olivier Damette

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    (BETA UMR CNRS (Bureau d'Économie Théorique et Appliquée), Faculté de Droit et de Sciences économiques)

  • Philippe Delacote

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    (Laboratoire d'Economie Forestière, INRA - AgroParisTech)

Abstract

The resource curse hypothesis relies on the resource-rich countries tendency to grow slower than resource-poor countries. Focusing on forest issues, this paper extends the resource curse hypothesis to environmental degradation: how do forest endowment and forest harvesting affect deforestation? Our empirical results show that countries with important forest cover and forestry sectors seem to deforest more than others, which supports the hypothesis of an environmental resource curse. Moreover, countries implied in important timber certification processes have lower deforestation levels.

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Paper provided by Laboratoire d'Economie Forestiere, AgroParisTech-INRA in its series Working Papers - Cahiers du LEF with number 2009-04.

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Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2009
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Handle: RePEc:lef:wpaper:2009-04

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Keywords: resource curse; tropical forest; deforestation;

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