An Empirical Exploration of the Population-Environment Nexus in India

Posted: 3 Sep 2008

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Haimanti Bhattacharya

University of Utah

Robert Innes

University of Arizona - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

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Date Written: 2008-02

Abstract

This article presents an empirical study of population growth and environmental change using cross-section district-level data from South, Central, and West India. Environmental change is measured using a satellite-based vegetation index. Unlike prior work, the analysis treats population growth and environmental change as jointly determined, distinguishes between rural and urban populations, and distinguishes between two components of population growth, natural growth and migration. Among key findings are that environmental decline spurs rural population growth and net rural in-migration, which prompt further environmental decline; environmental improvement spurs urban population growth and net urban in-migration; and environmental scarcity spurs environmental improvement.

Suggested Citation

Bhattacharya, Haimanti and Innes, Robert D., An Empirical Exploration of the Population-Environment Nexus in India (2008-02). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 90, Issue 4, pp. 883-901, November 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1263055 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8276.2008.01156.x

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