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yaoqizhang@yahoo.com Relative Scarcity, Institutions and China's Environment: Special Reference to Forest Sector

By Zhang Yaoqi and Yaoqi Zhang

Abstract

The objectives of this paper, mainly by using forests as an example, are to analyze the relationships between economic development, institutional changes and resources and environment, and attempt to propose some policy recommendation at the period of economic transition. In the context of forest sector, China’s major environmental issues are briefly described. Forest development is analyzed with the change of relative scarcity of forests and institutional revolutions. Hainan Island is used to empirically examine their relationship. The case of forest in Hainan as well as the whole country explain how the man-made resources replace natural resources and suggest to some extent that China is not an exception to the rule of environmental Kuznets curves. Future forest and environment will be largely determined by the economic growth and institutional development, not vice versa

Year: 2011
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