The Environmental Resource Curse Hypothesis: The Forest Case

Cahier du LEF No. 2009-04

10 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2007 Last revised: 9 Sep 2009

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Philippe Delacote

LEF-ENGREF-INRA

Olivier Damette

University Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC)

Date Written: 2009

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, growth, tropical forest, deforestation

JEL Classification: C21, O13, Q33

Suggested Citation

Delacote, Philippe and Damette, Olivier, The Environmental Resource Curse Hypothesis: The Forest Case (2009). Cahier du LEF No. 2009-04, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1016807 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1016807

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Olivier Damette

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