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Do Non-Economic Factors Influence Environmental Performance of a Country? Recent Empirical Evidence
Asia Pacific Economic Association Sixth Annual Conference (APEA 2010), July 08-09, 2010. (2010)
  • Sacchidananda Mukherjee
  • Debashis Chakraborty
Abstract
The current study attempts to understand the relationships among Environmental Quality (EQ), Human Development (HD) and political and governance regime in a cross-country framework. The underlying hypothesis is that in addition to income, as reflected from the literature on Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC) hypothesis, several other factors, including social and political ones, may influence environmental decision making, and thereby environmental sustainability, in a country. The EQ of the countries in the current study is denoted by their Environmental Performance Index (2008). Human development is represented by Human Development Index (2007) and Human Poverty Index (2006). Democracy Index (2008) and Corruption Perceptions Index (2008) are considered as proxies for political transparency in a country and its susceptibility to rent-seeking activities respectively. The regression results confirm the closer association between the socio-economic and socio-political factors in a country and its environmental performance.
Keywords
  • environmental quality,
  • human development,
  • economic growth,
  • democracy,
  • corruption,
  • environmental Kuznets curve
Publication Date
July, 2010
Citation Information
Mukherjee, Sacchidananda and Debashis Chakraborty (2010), "Do Non-Economic Factors Influence Environmental Performance of a Country? Recent Empirical Evidence", Paper presented at the Asia Pacific Economic Association Sixth Annual Conference (APEA 2010), Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, July 08-09, 2010.