Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/194519
Title:
Development and the Environment: Empirical Evidence from India
Author:
Bhattacharya, Haimanti
Issue Date:
2007
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The studies in this dissertation present empirical analyses of the relationship between environmental change and two important aspects of the development process - population growth and poverty. The studies have been conducted using cross-section district level data from South, West and Central India during the decade of 1990's. The use of satellite image based vegetation indices to represent environmental quality enabled accurate and reliable assessment of change in vegetation 'quality' that traditional measures like area under forests lack. The first chapter analyzes the relationship between population growth and vegetation change. It is the first study to account for the endogeneity in the relationship between population growth and environmental change in a literature that has predominantly focused on unidirectional impact of population growth on deforestation. This is also the first study to distinguish between rural and urban population growth as well as natural population growth and migration in a unified framework. The second chapter analyzes the impact of rural poverty on vegetation change while the third chapter looks at the other direction of the relationship i.e. the effect of vegetation change on rural poverty change. These two are the pioneering studies to account for the endogeneity in the relationship between rural poverty and environmental change. These studies not only shed light on the environmentally sustainable development challenges facing the developing world, they also provide ground for further investigation into the role of institutional setups in shaping these relationships.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Degree Name:
C.Phil
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Economics; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Innes, Robert
Committee Chair:
Innes, Robert

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dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleDevelopment and the Environment: Empirical Evidence from Indiaen_US
dc.creatorBhattacharya, Haimantien_US
dc.contributor.authorBhattacharya, Haimantien_US
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe studies in this dissertation present empirical analyses of the relationship between environmental change and two important aspects of the development process - population growth and poverty. The studies have been conducted using cross-section district level data from South, West and Central India during the decade of 1990's. The use of satellite image based vegetation indices to represent environmental quality enabled accurate and reliable assessment of change in vegetation 'quality' that traditional measures like area under forests lack. The first chapter analyzes the relationship between population growth and vegetation change. It is the first study to account for the endogeneity in the relationship between population growth and environmental change in a literature that has predominantly focused on unidirectional impact of population growth on deforestation. This is also the first study to distinguish between rural and urban population growth as well as natural population growth and migration in a unified framework. The second chapter analyzes the impact of rural poverty on vegetation change while the third chapter looks at the other direction of the relationship i.e. the effect of vegetation change on rural poverty change. These two are the pioneering studies to account for the endogeneity in the relationship between rural poverty and environmental change. These studies not only shed light on the environmentally sustainable development challenges facing the developing world, they also provide ground for further investigation into the role of institutional setups in shaping these relationships.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
thesis.degree.nameC.Philen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEconomicsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorInnes, Roberten_US
dc.contributor.chairInnes, Roberten_US
dc.contributor.committeememberLueck, Deanen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberFishback, Priceen_US
dc.identifier.proquest2059en_US
dc.identifier.oclc659747166en_US
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