Environment and Development Economics (ENVIRON DEV ECON )

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


Published in association with the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences This journal firmly positioned at the intersection of economics environment and development publishes original papers addressed equally to the research and to the policy communities and is designed to be accessible to a broad readership. The Editor and Associate Editors are supported by distinguished panels of advisors from around the world who together ensure that the journal is a major forum for key research conducted in low-income countries as well as elsewhere and for the work of younger scholars. The journal is divided into two main sections Theory and Applications and Policy Options and also includes Book Reviews and Policy Fora. Articles include research on theoretical and applied aspects of sustainable development on the valuation of environmental resources in low-income countries on the "greening" of national income accounts on the environmental implications of institutional change and on specific issues such as biodiversity loss. Recent and forthcoming special issues include 'The economics of the environment in countries in transition' and 'Advances in green accounting'. The latter includes contributions by Partha Dasgupta and Karl-Göran Mäler Martin Weitzman Geir Asheim and John Hartwick.

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Publications in this journal

  • Environment and Development Economics 08/2014; 19(4):440-465.
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    ABSTRACT: This paper examines the impact of climate change on poor households across South Africa who practice subsistence farming to supplement their household income and dietary requirements. We consider three production systems: specialised crops, livestock and mixed crop-livestock farming. In general, we find specialised crop farmers to be the most vulnerable, while mixed crop-livestock farmers appear to be least vulnerable. Suggesting that crop-livestock diversification is a potential coping strategy amongst poor subsistence farming households. We observe qualitatively similar results when we use self-reported food adequacy as the outcome. Further, predicted impact shows that the climatic changes will be mildly harmful at first but will grow over time and lead to a 151% loss in net revenue by the year 2080. Interestingly, we observe that crop farmers receive higher revenue when land is owned by the household, while on the other hand, livestock farmers earn more revenue when the land is communal.
    Environment and Development Economics 07/2014;
  • Environment and Development Economics 06/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: ABSTRACT. The provision of environmental services on-farm by the improved fallow (an agroforestry technology) has largely remained empirically untested in sub-Saharan Africa. Where effects of planting trees have been used to estimate the impacts on consumption of fuel wood from public land, actual estimates of the size of fuel wood consumption changes have been lacking. Using data from a survey of 324 households in the Chongwe district of Zambia, we tested the hypothesis that households embracing improved fallows use less fuel wood from public land since the technology provides wood as a by-product. Estimates from ordered probit and matching strategies showed that the technology had a significant causal effect of reducing the consumption of fuel wood from public land. Therefore, in addition to promoting it for soil fertility improvement, the extension messages should explicitly reflect the technology’s potential to provide on-farm environmental quality.
    Environment and Development Economics 02/2014;
  • Environment and Development Economics 01/2014; 19(2):328-329.
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    ABSTRACT: Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) support livelihoods in rural communities through provision of food, fuel, materials, medicines, and income from sales. We estimated the contribution of NTFPs to rural household income in Zambia, and used a two-stage tobit alternative model to identify the factors associated with participation in NTFP markets. NTFPs accounted for 35% of household income for participating households, second only to trading. Human capital variables and the value of assets were found to be significant determinants of both participation in business activities related to NTFPs and the associated household income, and the poor were more dependent on NTFPs than wealthier households. The effect of average rainfall underscores the role that NTFPs play in providing a safety net during periods of low crop yields. Rural development policies should recognize the role played by NTFPs in rural livelihoods and the need to balance welfare improvement and sustainable forest management.
    Environment and Development Economics 12/2013;
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    ABSTRACT: The trade-off between short-term welfare and long-term agricultural development in the highlands of Ethiopia represents a challenge to successful economic development in a predominantly agriculture-based economy. We employ nearest neighbor and kernel-based matching techniques to measure the impact of sustainable land and watershed management (SLWM) on the value of production at the plot level. Analysis suggests that plots that received SLWM investments (terraces, bunds, check dams) within the first study period (1992–2002) had a 24 per cent higher value of production in 2010. In addition, continuous treatment effects analysis provides a robustness check and suggests that plots with existing SLWM infrastructure have a positive and increasing value of production seven years after construction. Although value of production increases over time, net benefits may not outweigh costs, and mechanisms to incentivize maintenance may be needed.
    Environment and Development Economics 10/2013; 19(05):648-667.
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    ABSTRACT: A major problem facing the Seychelles islands is the decline in the quality and the value of marine protected areas (MPAs). Economic valuation can help guide policy makers to understand the value of marine resources and the cost of neglecting MPAs by expressing the value of their goods and services in monetary terms. This paper presents an analysis of the economic value of a group of marine parks in Seychelles. The travel cost method is used to establish willingness-to-pay of international tourists for trips to marine parks in Seychelles from their observed behaviour. The average per-trip consumer surplus is approximately €128 for single-site visitors and €65 for multiplesite visitors. The total social welfare value attributable to the recreational opportunity in marine parks is approximately €3.7million annually. These results provide policymakers with a strong justification for government investment needed to maintain marine sites in Seychelles.
    Environment and Development Economics 01/2013; 17(6).
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    ABSTRACT: This paper analyzes how a tax/subsidy policy affects consumers' behavior when choosing between green (pollution-free goods) and conventional products, and its effects on welfare when a proportion of consumers have strong preferences for green goods. We analyze a Hotelling's linear city model where final products by two firms are symmetric in all dimensions except for the externality their production process generates. Our efficiency comparisons suggest that, under a setting of horizontal product differentiation, an environmental regulation (either on polluting firms or consumers buying their products) yields higher social welfare than the absence of policy. Moreover, the proportion of consumers who prefer green products affects the welfare gains from a subsidy or tax policy.
    Environment and Development Economics 08/2012; 17(4):461-477.