Poverty, Development, and Environment

Environment and Development Economics, Forthcoming

Posted: 28 Oct 2010

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Edward B. Barbier

Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Department of Economics

Date Written: October 27, 2010

Abstract

This paper examines the complex relationship that exists between poverty and natural resource degradation in developing countries. The rural poor are often concentrated in fragile, or less favorable, environmental areas. Consequently, their livelihoods can be intimately dependent on natural resource use and ecosystem services. The relationship between poverty and natural resource degradation may depend on a complex range of choices and trade-offs available to the poor, which in the absence of capital, labor, and land markets, is affected by their access to outside employment and any natural resource endowments. The paper develops a poverty-environment model to characterize some of these linkages, and concludes by discussing policy implications and avenues for further research.

Keywords: Poverty, Development, Environment

Suggested Citation

Barbier, Edward B., Poverty, Development, and Environment (October 27, 2010). Environment and Development Economics, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1698843

Edward B. Barbier (Contact Author)

Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Department of Economics ( email )

Fort Collins, CO 80523-1771
United States

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