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The economy and the environment in the Dominican Republic and Haiti: what explains the differences?

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  • Sanchez-Fung, Jose R.

    (NUBS University of Nottingham)

  • Faria, Joao Ricardo

    (University of Texas El Paso)

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The Dominican Republic and Haiti share one island but display different economic and environmental paths. Policy decisions in the Dominican Republic aimed at protecting environmental resources help in explaining its better economic and environmental performance as compared to Haiti. The paper advances a model for explaining the differences as a result of environmental preferences and environmental saving efforts. The modelling derives sufficient conditions for better economic and environmental performance in the Dominican Republic in comparison with Haiti.

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  • Sanchez-Fung, Jose R. & Faria, Joao Ricardo, 2009. "The economy and the environment in the Dominican Republic and Haiti: what explains the differences?," Economics Discussion Papers 2009-3, School of Economics, Kingston University London.
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    Keywords

    environmental degradation; growth and the environment; The Dominican Republic and Haiti;
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    JEL classification:

    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • Q02 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Commodity Market

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