Spatial Polarization of the Ecological Footprint Distribution

Applied Economics Reference Network XREAP2014-02

44 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2014

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Jordi Teixido-Figueras

European University Institute

Juan Antonio Duro

Rovira i Virgili University - Department of Economics

Date Written: February 4, 2014

Abstract

The international allocation of natural resources is determined, not by any ethical or ecological criteria, but by the dominance of market mechanisms. From a core-periphery perspective, this allocation may even be driven by historically determined structural patterns, with a core group of countries whose consumption appropriates most available natural resources, and another group, having low natural resource consumption, which plays a peripheral role. This article consists of an empirical distributional analysis of natural resource consumption (as measured by Ecological Footprints) whose purpose is to assess the extent to which the distribution of consumption responds to polarization (as opposed to mere inequality). To assess this, we estimate and decompose different polarization indices for a balanced sample of 119 countries over the period 1961 to 2007. Our results points toward a polarized distribution which is consistent with a core-periphery framework.

Keywords: Polarization, Core-Periphery, Ecological Footprint

Suggested Citation

Teixido-Figueras, Jordi Josep and Duro, Juan Antonio, Spatial Polarization of the Ecological Footprint Distribution (February 4, 2014). Applied Economics Reference Network XREAP2014-02, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2390611 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2390611

Jordi Josep Teixido-Figueras (Contact Author)

European University Institute ( email )

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Firenze (Florence), Tuscany 50014
Italy

Juan Antonio Duro

Rovira i Virgili University - Department of Economics ( email )

Tarragona
Spain

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