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Quality of institution and the FEG (forest, energy intensity, and globalization) -environment relationships in sub-Saharan Africa

Amuakwa-Mensah, Franklin and Adom, Philip Kofi (2017). Quality of institution and the FEG (forest, energy intensity, and globalization) -environment relationships in sub-Saharan Africa. Environmental Science And Pollution Research. 24, 17455-17473
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11356-017-9300-2

Abstract

The current share of sub-Saharan Africa in global carbon dioxide emissions is negligible compared to major contributors like Asia, Americas, and Europe. This trend is, however, likely to change given that both economic growth and rate of urbanization in the region are projected to be robust in the future. The current study contributes to the literature by examining both the direct and the indirect impacts of quality of institution on the environment. Specifically, we investigate whether the institutional setting in the region provides some sort of a complementary role in the environment-FEG relationships. We use the panel two-step system generalized method of moments (GMM) technique to deal with the simultaneity problem. Data consists of 43 sub-Saharan African countries. The result shows that energy inefficiency compromises environmental standards. However, the quality of the institutional setting helps moderate this negative consequences; countries with good institutions show greater prospects than countries with poor institutions. On the other hand, globalization of the region and increased forest size generate positive environmental outcomes in the region. Their impacts are, however, independent of the quality of institution. Afforestation programs, promotion of other clean energy types, and investment in energy efficiency, basic city infrastructure, and regulatory and institutional structures, are desirable policies to pursue to safeguard the environment.

Authors/Creators:Amuakwa-Mensah, Franklin and Adom, Philip Kofi
Title:Quality of institution and the FEG (forest, energy intensity, and globalization) -environment relationships in sub-Saharan Africa
Series/Journal:Environmental Science And Pollution Research (0944-1344)
Year of publishing :2017
Volume:24
Page range:17455-17473
Number of Pages:19
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0944-1344
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E14 Development economics and policies
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Economics
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Climate Research
Keywords:Environmental degradation, Forest cover, Globalization, Energy efficiency, Institutional quality, Sub-Saharan Africa
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-4364
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-4364
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Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000406479200015
ID Code:14529
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
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Deposited On:19 Sep 2017 06:28
Metadata Last Modified:19 Sep 2017 06:28

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