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Decomposition of the Environmental Kuznets curve for Deforestation in the Congo Basin

Novice patrick Bakehe ()
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Novice patrick Bakehe: Laboratory of Theoretical and Applied Economics – University of Douala (Cameroon)

Economics Bulletin, 2018, vol. 38, issue 2, 1058-1068

Abstract: This study examines the theoretical relationship between economic growth and natural resource depletion. We decompose the determinants of the economic growth into three structural effects (scale, technique, and composition effects). This model is tested with data on deforestation for the countries of the Congo basin. Although the results confirm the existence of scale and composition effects, the impact of the technique effect is contrary to the predictions of theory. These results show that there is no inverted U-shaped between gross domestic product (GDP) and deforestation in the Congo Basin as predicted in the theoretical literature.

Keywords: Economic growth; Natural resources; Environmental Kuznets curve; Structural effects; Non parametric model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q5 Q3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-05-25
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