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Governance, Vulnerability to Climate Change, and Green Growth: International Evidence

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  • Le, Thai-Ha

    (RMIT University)

  • Chang, Youngho

    (Nanyang Technological University)

  • Park, Donghyun

    (Asian Development Bank)

Abstract

We examine the role of governance and vulnerability to climate change in green growth using a global panel data set of 122 countries in 2000‒2012. We find that, as expected, governance has a positive effect on environmental performance and vulnerability to climate change has a negative effect. This suggests that promoting good governance and reducing climate change vulnerability can contribute to a cleaner environment. We find qualitatively similar results for the subsample of high-income countries, but governance does not have a significant effect for the subsamples of upper-middleincome, lower-middle-income, and low-income countries. One possible interpretation is that high-income countries have environmental policies which are strong enough to protect the environment, whereas other countries have relatively weak environmental policies which need to be strengthened.

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  • Le, Thai-Ha & Chang, Youngho & Park, Donghyun, 2016. "Governance, Vulnerability to Climate Change, and Green Growth: International Evidence," ADB Economics Working Paper Series 500, Asian Development Bank.
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    Keywords

    air quality; governance; green growth; PM2.5; vulnerability to climate change;
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    JEL classification:

    • 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

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