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The effects of corruption control, political stability and economic growth on deforestation-induced carbon dioxide emissions

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

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This article formulates an empirical model that measures the short- and long-run effects of political stability, corruption control and economic growth on CO 2 emissions from deforestation. Political stability and corruption have significant effects on forest cover in the short run and have lingering long-run effects. We derive a U-shaped forest–income curve where forest cover initially declines as per capita income increases, but starts to rise after an income turning point. Political stability and corruption control do not significantly affect the income turning point but both variables shift the forest–income curve up or down. The resulting CO 2 emission–income curve is downward sloping and is based on changes in the levels of variables affecting forest cover. Increased political stability flattens the CO 2 emissions–income curve, leading to smaller changes of CO 2 emissions per unit change in income.

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  • Galinato, Gregmar I. & Galinato, Suzette P., 2012. "The effects of corruption control, political stability and economic growth on deforestation-induced carbon dioxide emissions," Environment and Development Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 17(01), pages 67-90, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:endeec:v:17:y:2012:i:01:p:67-90_00
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    1. Shahbaz, Muhammad & Mahalik, Mantu Kumar & Shah, Syed Hasanat & Sato, João Ricardo, 2016. "Time-varying analysis of CO2 emissions, energy consumption, and economic growth nexus: Statistical experience in next 11 countries," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 98(C), pages 33-48.
    2. Wehkamp, Johanna & Aquino, André & Fuss, Sabine & Reed, Erik W., 2015. "Analyzing the perception of deforestation drivers by African policy makers in light of possible REDD+ policy responses," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 59(C), pages 7-18.
    3. Barbier, Edward B. & Tesfaw, Anteneh, 2015. "Explaining forest transitions: The role of governance," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 119(C), pages 252-261.
    4. Galinato, Gregmar I. & Galinato, Suzette P., 2016. "The effects of government spending on deforestation due to agricultural land expansion and CO2 related emissions," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 122(C), pages 43-53.
    5. Gregmar Galinato & Suzette Galinato, 2013. "The Role of Government Spending on Deforestation and Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Land Use Change," Working Papers 2013-14, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University.

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