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On comprehensive wealth, institutional quality and sustainable development-quantifying the effect of institutional quality on sustainability

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This paper shows a significant and causal positive relationship between good institutions and sustainability. While sustainability is measured with the adjusted net saving (ANS) indicator, institutional quality is measured using an average of six dimensions of governance. An instrumental variable is used to account for endogeneity. Rearranging the set-up and running the regression on the net national savings rate lead to results displaying a much smaller and weaker effect. This finding suggests that compared to the saving of physical capital, the saving of non-physical capital is influenced more strongly by institutional quality.

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  • Stoever, Jana, 2012. "On comprehensive wealth, institutional quality and sustainable development-quantifying the effect of institutional quality on sustainability," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 81(3), pages 794-801.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:81:y:2012:i:3:p:794-801
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2010.12.017
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    1. Jue Yang & Shunsuke Managi & Masayuki Sato, 2015. "The effect of institutional quality on national wealth: an examination using multiple imputation method," Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, Springer;Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies - SEEPS, vol. 17(3), pages 431-453, July.
    2. Charles-Henri DiMaria, 2014. "Sustainability matters," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 48(3), pages 1257-1269, May.
    3. Liviu Moldovan, 2015. "Sustainability Assessment Framework for VET Organizations," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(6), pages 1-19, June.
    4. Stöver, Jana, 2016. "Green accounting, institutional quality and investment decisions: Macroeconomic implications from an analysis of the oil and mining sector," HWWI Research Papers 171, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI).

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    Keywords

    Sustainable development; Comprehensive wealth; Adjusted net saving; Genuine saving; Institutions; Settler mortality;

    JEL classification:

    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • E02 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - Institutions and the Macroeconomy
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth

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