Social Sciences & Psychology

Social Sciences & Psychology

Economic growth and environmental Kuznets curve for CEMAC zone countries: does deforestation matters?

Volume: 55  ,  Issue: 1 , June    Published Date: 02 July 2020
Publisher Name: IJRP
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DOI: 10.47119/IJRP100551620201278

Authors

# Author Name
1 Yollande Tankeu Meli
2 Saubaber LONGANG GAMO
3 Hilaire Nkengfack
4 Ibrahim Ngouhouo

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to analyze the relationship between economic growth and the rate of deforestation in the CEMAC zone countries, through an audit of the environmental Kuznets curve (EKC). We also assess the contribution of the degree of trade openness in explaining Deforestation. Using the Generalized Least Squares method, on a panel of six (06) countries over the period 1996 – 2011, our study reveals that there is an EKC between the rate of deforestation and GDP per capita at a turning point of $ 7.9631. Similarly, the results disclose that the degree of trade openness significantly increases the rate of deforestation by 0.5 percentage point. Policies aiming at improve population standards of living will therefore reduce deforestation in CEMAC area.

Keywords

  • economic growth
  • Forest cover
  • Environment
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