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Institutional Constraints and Deforestation: An Application to Mexico

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  • Edward B. Barbier

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    (Department of Economics and Finance, University of Wyoming, P.O. Box 3985, Laramie, WY 82071-3985.)

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Following North (1990), this article hypothesizes that effective rural institutions may impose additional costs on tropical deforestation through agricultural conversion. This allows a formal agricultural household analysis of institutional constraints on deforestation and therefore a method of empirically testing whether there is any significant difference in the actual level of forest land conversion under institutional constraints compared to the level of conversion under pure open access. A dynamic panel analysis for agricultural planted area in Mexico at state level and over the 1960--85 period confirms that institutional constraints on land clearing affected deforestation during the pre-NAFTA era. Copyright 2002, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Economic Inquiry.

Volume (Year): 40 (2002)
Issue (Month): 3 (July)
Pages: 508-519

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Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:40:y:2002:i:3:p:508-519

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Cited by:
  1. Brian R. Copeland & M. Scott Taylor, 2004. "Trade, Tragedy, and the Commons," NBER Working Papers 10836, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Barbier, Edward B., 2004. "Agricultural Expansion, Resource Booms and Growth in Latin America: Implications for Long-run Economic Development," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 32(1), pages 137-157, January.
  3. Edward Barbier, 2002. "The Role of Natural Resources in Economic Development," Centre for International Economic Studies Working Papers 2002-27, University of Adelaide, Centre for International Economic Studies.
  4. Lopez-Feldman, Alejandro, 2012. "Deforestación en México: Un análisis preliminar
    [Deforestation in Mexico: A preliminary analysis]
    ," MPRA Paper 39082, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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