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Remittances and deforestation in developing countries: Is institutional quality paramount?

Abstract : This study examines the impact of remittance inflows on deforestation in developing countries. We also investigate the role of institutional quality in enhancing remittances’ effect in reducing deforestation. Our results suggest that overall remittances reduce deforestation. We show that remittances’ reduction effect on deforestation is greater in middle-income countries than in low-income countries. Considering institutional quality, our findings suggest that, for the entire sample, and in low- and middle-income countries, control of corruption, political stability, government effectiveness and rule of law act to reduce deforestation. Moreover, institutional quality enhances the impact of remittances on reducing deforestation in the entire sample and in middle-income countries. In contrast, in low-income countries, institutional quality does not complement remittances to reduce deforestation.These results imply that, to reduce deforestation rates, the focus should not only be on economic development, but to an even greater extent, on institutional quality.
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Komivi Afawubo, Yawo Agbényégan Noglo. Remittances and deforestation in developing countries: Is institutional quality paramount?. Research in Economics, 2019, 73 (4), pp.304-320. ⟨10.1016/j.rie.2019.10.001⟩. ⟨hal-02314897⟩



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