The Building Blocks of International Ecological Footprint Inequality: A Regression-Based Decomposition
47 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2013
Date Written: April 11, 2013
This paper performs an empirical Decomposition of International Inequality in Ecological Footprint in order to quantify to what extent explanatory variables such as a country’s affluence, economic structure, demographic characteristics, climate and technology contributed to international differences in terms of natural resource consumption during the period 1993-2007. We use a Regression-Based Inequality Decomposition approach. As a result, the methodology extends qualitatively the results obtained in standard environmental impact regressions as it comprehends further social dimensions of the Sustainable Development concept, i.e. equity within generations. The results obtained point to prioritizing policies that take into account both future and present generations.
Keywords: Ecological Footprint Inequality, Regression-Based Inequality Decomposition, Intragenerational Equity, Sustainable Development
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