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 2016
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 investigates whether inherited colonial legacies influence deforestation rates in 60 former colonized developing countries. It is hypothesized that differences in deforestation among countries can be attributed to their colonial legacies shaping the current impact of the institutional background on deforestation. Overall, the author finds that institutions defined as the extent of democracy, the quality of property rights and the quality of government functioning (e.g., corruption), have a differential impact on deforestation rates according to colonial legacies as defined by the identity of the colonizer. More precisely, it is found that: (1) in countries characterized by ‘bad’ governance, former French colonies deforest relatively less than former British and Spanish colonies; whereas (2) in countries characterized by ‘good’ governance, the result is reversed. These results are robust when geography features are controlled for since the process of colonization was not random and depended on initial geographic and climatic conditions.
    Environment and Development Economics 09/2015; DOI:10.1017/S1355770X1500025X
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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 08/2015; 20(04):1-22. DOI:10.1017/S1355770X1500008X
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    ABSTRACT: To improve wildlife conservation incentives in community-based natural resource management programs, a better understanding of rural communities' willingness to engage in wildlife conservation jobs is needed. We implement a discrete choice model explaining reservation wages for nine conservation jobs using contingent behavior data from rural Botswana residents. We present a model in which the conditional indirect utility function incorporates a more general value of time than has previously been used, and this specification outperforms the standard model. Sample estimates indicate that reservation wages are modestly higher for women than for men, and that residents have higher reservation wages for jobs requiring more exertion or involving more danger.
    Environment and Development Economics 06/2015; -1:1-23. DOI:10.1017/S1355770X15000194
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    ABSTRACT: In this study we model the preferences and willingness to pay (WTP) of downstream farmers in one of the largest irrigation schemes worldwide in Sudan for improved irrigation water supply through transboundary collaboration with farmers upstream in Ethiopia. In a choice experiment, Sudanese farmers are asked to pay an increase in existing irrigation fees to secure future irrigation water availability by either enhancing the removal of sediments in their local irrigation channels or compensating farmers in the Ethiopian highlands for taking soil conservation measures to prevent land degradation and soil erosion. Although Sudanese farmers downstream do not feel very connected to farmers upstream in Ethiopia, we find a high degree of trust in international cooperation and a positive WTP for improved irrigation water supply and water use efficiency through transboundary collaboration.
    Environment and Development Economics 06/2015; -1:1-25. DOI:10.1017/S1355770X15000182
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    ABSTRACT: The paper analyzes the economic impacts of climate change-induced fluctuations on the performance of Ethiopia's agriculture, using a countrywide computable general equilibrium (CGE) model. We model the impacts on agriculture using a Ricardian model, where current agricultural production is modelled as a function of temperature and precipitation, among other things, and where future agriculture is assumed to follow the same climate function. The effect of overall climate change is projected to be relatively benign until approximately 2030, but will become considerably worse thereafter. Our simulation results indicate that, over a 50-year period, the projected reduction in agricultural productivity may lead to reductions in average income of some 20 per cent compared with the outcome that would have prevailed in the absence of climate change. This indicates that adaptation policies - both government planned and those that ease autonomous adaptation by farmers - will be crucial for Ethiopia's future development.
    Environment and Development Economics 06/2015; DOI:10.1017/S1355770X15000170
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    ABSTRACT: Since 2000, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under the Kyoto Protocol has included southern countries in the fight against climate change by encouraging northern countries to make environmentally friendly direct investments at the lowest cost in these developing nations. Although CDM investments have enjoyed great success, the question of the contribution of these investments to the development of the host countries remains insufficiently explored. This paper offers a computable general equilibrium model-based scenario, describing the potential economic and environmental impacts of CDM investments for Mexico. As modelled in this study, these investments should generate both additional demand for activities that produce the fixed capital goods required for their implementation and environmentally friendly technological changes in the production process for the electricity sector. The numerical simulations reveal the growth potential and important fund of development represented by the CDM for Mexico; however, they show that the environmental impact also appears broadly mixed and dependent on both the nature of the sectors it affects and the intensity of the technological change it generates.
    Environment and Development Economics 06/2015; DOI:10.1017/S1355770X15000169
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    ABSTRACT: This paper examines whether and how experiencing climate-related disasters can improve the rural poor's adaptation to climate change through community-based resource management. Original household survey data in Fiji capture the establishment of community-based marine protected areas following a tropical cyclone. Controlling for the endogeneity of household-level cyclone damage reveals that a household's exposure to the disaster increases its support for establishing marine protected areas, presumably for future safety nets. Evidence suggests that community members' social learning from disaster experience might facilitate their consensual decision making.
    Environment and Development Economics 03/2015; -1:1-25. DOI:10.1017/S1355770X15000108
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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 02/2015; -1:1-25. DOI:10.1017/S1355770X15000054
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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 02/2015; DOI:10.1017/S1355770X15000017
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    ABSTRACT: This paper analyzes the potential effects of climate change on Brazilian agriculture by considering irrigation as an adaptive strategy. Investigations were performed to determine how climatic variability influences irrigation and whether this adaptive measure actually reduces producers' vulnerability to climate change. We used a simultaneous equations model with endogenous switching to account for the heterogeneity in the decision of whether to use adaptive measures. We compared the expected land values under the actual and counterfactual cases of farm households that either adapt or do not adapt to climate change. Simulation results show that irrigation can be an effective tool for counteracting the harmful effects of climate change. The income of farmers tends to increase on lands where irrigation technologies are practiced. These conclusions confirm the need to invest in adaptation strategies to prepare Brazil for coping with the adverse effects of global climate change.
    Environment and Development Economics 02/2015; 20(1):57-79. DOI:10.1017/S1355770X14000102
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    ABSTRACT: In this paper we assess the potential economic effects of climate change on Brazilian agriculture scenarios in different regions in a general equilibrium framework, using a detailed regional economic database for the year 2005. Two different climate change impact scenarios are simulated. This paper extends the Brazilian literature in three different ways: by considering detailed shocks by product and region; by highlighting the connections between the potential impacts of climate change on agriculture and the labor market, with an inter-regional focus; and by specifying the links between climate change forecasts for agriculture and household expenditures. Results show that climate change impacts on Brazilian agriculture would have a relatively small economic effect on the Brazilian economy in aggregate terms, but with severe consequences at the regional level, making a strong case for losses that would be concentrated in the poorest regions and for the poorest workers and households in those regions.
    Environment and Development Economics 02/2015; 20(1):37-56. DOI:10.1017/S1355770X14000126
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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: 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