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Will Bangladesh's Economic Growth Solve its Environmental Problems?


  • Tisdell, Clement A.


Bangladesh has experienced rising GDP and rising per capita incomes now for at least three decades. This article considers whether its continuing economic growth is likely to solve its environmental problems. In doing so, it critically considers the application to Bangladesh of Environmental Kuznets Curve relationships and applies other macro-methods of assessing the relationship between economic growth and the environment to Bangladesh’s situation. The consequences of Bangladesh’s economic reforms for the economic welfare of Bangladeshis and the state of Bangladesh’s environment are also examined. Particular attention is given to environmental change in agriculture in the light of Bangladesh’ economic growth, reforms and proposed growth strategy. Doubts are expressed about the environmental benefits claimed by the Bangladeshi Government for its agricultural development strategy. Indeed, it may exacerbate many existing environmental problems, such as depletion of soil fertility and water supplies, already present

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  • Tisdell, Clement A., 2002. "Will Bangladesh's Economic Growth Solve its Environmental Problems?," Economics, Ecology and Environment Working Papers 48740, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:uqseee:48740

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    1. Tisdell, Clem, 2001. "Globalisation and sustainability: environmental Kuznets curve and the WTO," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 39(2), pages 185-196, November.
    2. Clement A. Tisdell, 2014. "Sustainable agriculture," Chapters,in: Handbook of Sustainable Development, chapter 32, pages 517-531 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    3. Conway, Gordon R., 1987. "The properties of agroecosystems," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 24(2), pages 95-117.
    4. Debapriya Bhattacharya & Mustafizur Rahman, 2001. "THIRD UN CONFERENCE ON THE LDCs: MAKING IT BETTER FOR BANGLADESH," CPD Working Paper 12, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD).
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