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The implication of property rights for joint agriculture timber productivity in the Brazilian Amazon

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  • Otsuki, Tsunehiro
  • Hardie, Ian W.
  • Reis, Eust quio J.

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This paper examines the effects of the Brazilian governments title granting policies on the efficiency of agricultural and timber production in the Brazilian Amazon. A two-stage procedure is used that combines Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and a Tobit regression. Provision of private land titles before 1995 is found to positively affect the technical efficiency of agricultural and joint agriculture timber production in 1995. Governmental expenditures, including expenditures to secure property rights, also are found to increase technical efficiency in the agricultural industry. The analysis indicates that revenue efficiency can be improved by producing more roundwood and less agricultural product. Land-granting policies may favorably affect environmental conservation by intensifying land use in agriculture, but they also may harm development by discouraging timber production.

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Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal Environment and Development Economics.

Volume (Year): 7 (2002)
Issue (Month): 02 (May)
Pages: 299-323

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Handle: RePEc:cup:endeec:v:7:y:2002:i:02:p:299-323_00

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  1. Mendelsohn, Robert, 1994. "Property Rights and Tropical Deforestation," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 46(0), pages 750-56, Supplemen.
  2. Lopez, Ramon & Niklitschek, Mario, 1991. "Dual economic growth in poor tropical areas," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 36(2), pages 189-211, October.
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  1. Claudio Araujo & Catherine Araujo Bonjean & Jean-Louis Combes & Pascale Combes Motel & Eustaquio J. Reis, 2011. "Property rights and deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon," Working Papers halshs-00556699, HAL.
  2. Simar, Leopold & Wilson, Paul W., 2007. "Estimation and inference in two-stage, semi-parametric models of production processes," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 136(1), pages 31-64, January.
  3. Danilo Camargo Igliori, 2005. "Determinants Of Technical Efficiency In Agriculture And Cattle Ranching: A Spatial Analysis For The Brazilian Amazon," Anais do XXXIII Encontro Nacional de Economia [Proceedings of the 33th Brazilian Economics Meeting] 137, ANPEC - Associação Nacional dos Centros de Pósgraduação em Economia [Brazilian Association of Graduate Programs in Economics].
  4. Puppim de Oliveira, Jose Antonio, 2008. "Property rights, land conflicts and deforestation in the Eastern Amazon," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 10(5), pages 303-315, April.

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