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Economic Development and Forest Cover: Evidence from Satellite Data

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  • Crespo Cuaresma, Jesus
  • Danylo, Olha
  • Fritz, Steffen
  • McCallum, Ian
  • Obersteiner, Michael
  • See, Linda

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We use satellite data on forest cover along national borders in order to study the determinants of deforestation differences across countries. We combine the forest cover information with data on homogeneous response units, which allow us to control for cross-country geoclimatic differences when assessing the drivers of deforestation. Income per capita appears to be the most robust determinant of differences in cross-border forest cover and our results present evidence of the existence of decreasing effects of income on forest cover as economic development progresses.(authors' abstract)

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  • Crespo Cuaresma, Jesus & Danylo, Olha & Fritz, Steffen & McCallum, Ian & Obersteiner, Michael & See, Linda, 2016. "Economic Development and Forest Cover: Evidence from Satellite Data," Department of Economics Working Paper Series 215, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business.
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    Keywords

    deforestation; environmental Kuznets curve; national borders;
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    JEL classification:

    • Q23 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Forestry
    • 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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