Environment and Development Economics (ENVIRON DEV ECON)

Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)

Journal description

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.

Current impact factor: 0.67

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2009 Impact Factor 0.861

Additional details

5-year impact 1.25
Cited half-life 6.80
Immediacy index 0.09
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.64
Website Environment and Development Economics website
Other titles Environment and development economics (Online)
ISSN 1355-770X
OCLC 42679643
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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    ABSTRACT: This paper analyzes the impact of the increase in the raw sugar-cane har-vest area on the population respiratory health in Brazil. We collect data for the São Paulo state municipalities for two different periods: 2000, before state law defining gradual elimination of pre-burning sugar-cane area and 2007. We used panel models for inpatient visits due to respiratory diseases, outpatient visits for inhalation procedure and length of stay for inpatient visits due to respiratory diseases, controlling for the endogeneity between health and pol-lution. Results show that the increase of raw sugar-cane harvest area reduces the number of inpatient visits and do not impact the number of inhalation and length of stay.
    Environment and Development Economics 01/2015; 20(1):127-140. DOI:10.1017/S1355770X14000096
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    ABSTRACT: In recent years, the surge in China's CO2 emissions has caused increasing international concern. In this paper, we investigate whether and when the turning point in China's CO2 emissions would occur. A simple yet powerful neoclassical Green Solow model (GSM) is utilized herein as the main forecasting tool. To verify the capability of this framework to address China's economy, a key prediction of the GSM - the convergence in per capita CO2 emissions across Chinese provinces - is empirically verified. By assigning reasonable values to the GSM's key parameters, the trajectories of total CO2 emissions are projected for the three regions of China and the whole country. The forecast results show that, under the benchmark scenario, China's total CO2 emissions would peak around the year 2047. According to the sensitivity analysis, carbon efficiency is the most important determining factor for whether a turning point in total CO2 emissions may occur.
    Environment and Development Economics 01/2015; DOI:10.1017/S1355770X15000017
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    ABSTRACT: Climate and institutions might be crucial in lowering the vagaries of climate change impacts in terms of productivity. This study measures the relationships of productivity measures adjusted for the regulation of carbon emission and institutions together with climate change throughout the world. This paper finds that there is higher potential for reduction of CO2 emissions in developing countries at lower cost. However, the cost to reduce emissions lowers their growth potential in terms of lost productivity growth. Better institutions help to lower the negative impacts of climate change by improving the process of technological adoption in developing countries. Climate change reduces the productivity growth in developing countries by lowering the process of technological adoption, and better institutions result in higher productivity.
    Environment and Development Economics 01/2015; DOI:10.1017/S1355770X15000054
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    ABSTRACT: This study explores three-way linkage between weather, agricultural performance and internal migration in India at the state and district level using census data. The estimations are based on a two-stage least squares model using panel data. The elasticity of the inter-state out-migration rate with respect to per capita net state domestic agricultural product is − 0.775, indicating that a decline in the value of agricultural output related to weather variations results in an increase in out-migration rate. The crop-wise analysis shows that a 1 per cent decline in rice (wheat) yield leads to a nearly 2 per cent (1 per cent) increase in the rate of out-migration from a state. The district-level analysis shows larger magnitudes of estimated change in in-migration rates to relative changes in crop yields. However, the district-level analysis using two-period panel data constructed from a single census provides relatively less robust results compared to the state-level analysis owing to the associated data limitations.
    Environment and Development Economics 01/2015; DOI:10.1017/S1355770X1500008X
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    ABSTRACT: In this paper, we empirically investigate the impact of the Kyoto Protocol on CO2 emissions using a sample of 170 countries over the period 1992-2009. We propose the use of a difference-in-differences estimator with matching to address the endogeneity of the policy variable, namely Kyoto commitments. Countries are matched according to observable characteristics to create a suitable counterfactual. We correspondingly estimate a panel data model for the whole sample and the matched sample and compare the results to those obtained using an instrumental variable approach. The main results indicate that Kyoto Protocol commitments have a measurable reducing effect on CO2 emissions, indicating that a treaty often deemed a ‘failure’ may in fact be producing some non-negligible effects for those who signed it.
    Environment and Development Economics 01/2015; DOI:10.1017/S1355770X15000091
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    ABSTRACT: This paper provides evidence on private standards on genetically modified (GM) organisms for 44 retailers operating in 54 countries, distinguishing between retailers not using GM ingredients, and retailers using ingredients which are potentially GM in private label products. Using this information, we empirically investigate the drivers that induce retailers to adopting a GM-free private standard. The results show that many of the drivers highlighted in the literature, such as historical factors, communication infrastructure and sectoral conditions affect the likelihood of adopting a private standard. Moreover, we tested additional hypotheses from the political economy of standard formation and of mass media. Key results show that a higher share of public media reduces the probability of adopting GM-free private standards, while a higher heterogeneity in the GMO public standards increase this probability.
    Environment and Development Economics 12/2014; 19(06):743-768. DOI:10.1017/S1355770X13000673
  • Environment and Development Economics 12/2014; 19(06):676-703. DOI:10.1017/S1355770X14000400
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    ABSTRACT: Enhancing carbon sequestration is crucial to mitigate rising global levels of greenhouse gases, and for developing countries, carbon sequestration may also provide economic benefits via international carbon trading schemes. This study aimed to determine the optimal management strategy for tropical planted forests when timber and carbon sequestration are valued. The survey data were collected from 291 household foresters, who were growing Eucalyptus urophylla and Acacia mangium in Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. The regression exercise suggests that financial status was negatively correlated with forest management practices, and ethnicity and financial status were correlated with carbon sequestration management. The survey results suggest that the mean rotation age employed by household foresters is five years. However, the optimization modelling suggests that the optimal rotation age for maximizing net present value is greater than nine years. The differences between current practices and optimal practices therefore favour a role for government policy interventions.
    Environment and Development Economics 11/2014; DOI:10.1017/S1355770X14000680
  • Environment and Development Economics 10/2014; 19(05):529-547. DOI:10.1017/S1355770X13000661
  • Environment and Development Economics 10/2014; 19(05):566-584. DOI:10.1017/S1355770X14000023
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    ABSTRACT: This paper studiesmultilateral and unilateral policy reforms of environmental R&D subsidies and emission taxes in a two-country Cournot model with oligopolistic interdependence. The analysis indicates, inter alia, that there is a potential family of multilateral and unilateral policy reforms which can be set by pollution-intensive and pollution-moderate countries to reduce global emissions. In particular, the analysis suggests that a unilateral increase in the subsidy in the pollution-moderate country may reduce global emissions. The multilateral policy reform of the subsidy and tax in the pollution-intensive country can also reduce global emissions and increase welfare under certain conditions. The role of product differentiation in the context of policy reform is also examined.
    Environment and Development Economics 08/2014; 19(4):440-465. DOI:10.1017/S1355770X13000521
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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; DOI:10.1017/S1355770X14000540
  • Environment and Development Economics 06/2014; 19(03):297-299. DOI:10.1017/S1355770X14000217
  • Environment and Development Economics 06/2014; 19(2):328-329. DOI:10.1017/S1355770X14000333
  • Environment and Development Economics 06/2014; 19(03):292-294. DOI:10.1017/S1355770X14000199
  • Environment and Development Economics 06/2014; 19(03):271-284. DOI:10.1017/S1355770X14000151
  • Environment and Development Economics 06/2014; 19(03):299-302. DOI:10.1017/S1355770X14000229
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    ABSTRACT: In this paper, we investigate how different levels of entrance fees affect donations for a public good, a natural park. To explore this issue, we conducted a stated preference study focusing on visitors' preferences for donating money to raise funds for a protected area in Costa Rica given different entrance fee levels. The results reveal that there is incomplete crowding out of donations when establishing an entrance fee.
    Environment and Development Economics 06/2014; 20(03):1-16. DOI:10.1017/S1355770X14000485