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Intelligence and deforestation: International data

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This paper investigates the effect of intelligence on deforestation rates, using data from 186 nations, over the period 1990–2010. Our findings provide novel evidence that human psychology, measured by nation-IQ, is negatively related with deforestation. This paper documents that, on average moving from a country with the lowest IQ score (61) to the one with highest (107.1) is associated with a 1.15 percentage point reduction in the rate of deforestation. The negative link between intelligence and deforestation remains robust when we account for the feedback from environment to intelligence.

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  • Salahodjaev, Raufhon, 2016. "Intelligence and deforestation: International data," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 63(C), pages 20-27.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:forpol:v:63:y:2016:i:c:p:20-27
    DOI: 10.1016/j.forpol.2015.12.003
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