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Department of Economics, WU (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien) Working papers, Department of Economics, WU (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)

No 215:
Economic Development and Forest Cover: Evidence from Satellite Data

Jesus Crespo Cuaresma (), Olha Danylo (), Steffen Fritz (), Ian McCallum (), Michael Obersteiner () and Linda See ()

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: deforestation, environmental Kuznets curve, national borders; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: Q23,; Q56; (follow links to similar papers)

January 2016

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