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Novice patrick Bakehe
''Decomposition of the Environmental Kuznets curve for Deforestation in the Congo Basin''
( 2018, Vol. 38 No.2 )
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
JEL: Q5 - Environmental Economics: General
Q3 - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation: General
Manuscript Received : Dec 11 2017 Manuscript Accepted : May 25 2018

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