Economic growth and biological diversity : an empirical investigation of the environmental Kuznets curv

Waldock, Tracie Lee. (1999). Economic growth and biological diversity : an empirical investigation of the environmental Kuznets curv Honours Thesis, School of Business, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Waldock, Tracie Lee.
Thesis Title Economic growth and biological diversity : an empirical investigation of the environmental Kuznets curv
School, Centre or Institute School of Business
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1999
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Total pages 97
Language eng
Subjects 14 Economics
Formatted abstract The relationship between economic activity and environmental quality has been debated since the 1960s. In recent years considerable interest has focused on the possible existence of an environmental Kuznets curve (EKC), whereby environmental degradation first increases but later falls with increasing income. Empirical studies have centred on the relationship between per capita income and a variety of environmental indicators. Results imply that EKC's may exist for a number of cases. This thesis reviews, both theoretically and empirically the EKC hypothesis between economic growth and biological diversity. The EKC hypothesis is tested by regressing four alternate indicators of biological diversity against GDP per capita. No evidence was found to support the EKC hypothesis, with results leading to the conclusion, that in some instances, biological diversity has a tendency to deteriorate with economic growth.

 
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