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The environmental resource curse hypothesis: the forest case

Olivier Damette and Philippe Delacote ()

No 2009-04, Working Papers - Cahiers du LEF from Laboratoire d'Economie Forestiere, AgroParisTech-INRA

Abstract: The resource curse hypothesis relies on the resource-rich countries tendency to grow slower than resource-poor countries. Focusing on forest issues, this paper extends the resource curse hypothesis to environmental degradation: how do forest endowment and forest harvesting affect deforestation? Our empirical results show that countries with important forest cover and forestry sectors seem to deforest more than others, which supports the hypothesis of an environmental resource curse. Moreover, countries implied in important timber certification processes have lower deforestation levels.

Keywords: resource curse; tropical forest; deforestation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 O13 Q33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 9 pages
Date: 2009-09
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