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The environmental Kuznets curve for deforestation: a threatened theory? A meta-analysis

  • K. Herve DAKPO

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  • Pascale COMBES MOTEL

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    (Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches sur le Développement International(CERDI))

  • Johanna CHOUMERT

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    (Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches sur le Développement International(CERDI))

Although widely studied, deforestation remains a topical and typical issue. The relationship between economic development and deforestation is still at stake. This paper presents a meta-analysis of Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC) studies for deforestation. Using 71 studies, offering 631 estimations, we shed light on why EKC results differ. We investigate the incidence of choices made by authors (econometric strategy, deforestation measure, temporal coverage, geographical area, measure of economic development…) on the probability of finding an EKC. After a phase of work corroborating the EKC, we find a turning point after the year 2001. Building on our results, we conclude that the EKC story will not fade until theoretical alternatives will be provided.

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