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Title:What drives biodiversity?: an empirical assessment of the relation between biodiversity and the economy PDF Logo
Authors:Freytag, Andreas
Vietze, Christoph
Völkl, Wolfgang
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:Jena economic research papers 2009,025
Abstract:The environmental discussion is increasingly extended to the question of how to preserve biodiversity. As sensible regulation of biodiversity utilization uses politically set incentive schemes, it is required to discus the monetary value of biodiversity. Consequently, the relation between economic incentives and biodiversity is in the focus of our paper. By using bird species as bio indicators we derive first empirical results. In sum, one still may conclude that indeed economic growth is harmful for biodiversity. This is at least in line with the first part of biodiversity Kuznets curve. However, the existence of good institutions (especially a high quality of regulation) can in part prevent this effect, which can be cautiously interpreted as a hint that economic growth is not necessarily related to losses of biodiversity. With good governmental institutions, these losses may be prevented or mitigated.
Subjects:Economic growth
institutions
development
biodiversity
cross country analysis
JEL:O13
Q27
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Jena Economic Research Papers, MPI für Ökonomik

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