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Spatial Causality. An application to the Deforestation Process in Bolivia

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  • Aliaga, Javier

    (Institute of Socio-Economic Research (IISEC). Bolivian Catholic University)

  • Herrera, Marcos

    (University of Zaragoza)

  • Leguía, Daniel

    (Institute of Socio-Economic Research (IISEC). Bolivian Catholic University)

  • Mur, Jesús

    (University of Zaragoza)

  • Ruiz, Manuel

    (Technical University of Cartagena)

  • Villegas, Horacio

    (Institute of Socio-Economic Research (IISEC). Bolivian Catholic University)

Abstract

This paper analyses the causes of deforestation for a representative set of Bolivian municipalities. The literature on environmental economics insists on the importance of physical and social factors. We focus on the last group of variables. Our objective is to identify causal mechanisms between these factors of risk and the problem of deforestation. To this end, we present a testing strategy for spatial causality, based on a sequence of Lagrange Multipliers. The results that we obtain for the Bolivian case confirm only partially the traditional view of the problem of deforestation. Indeed, we only find unequivocal signs of causality in relation to the structure of property rights.

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Article provided by Asociación Española de Ciencia Regional in its journal Investigaciones Regionales.

Volume (Year): (2011)
Issue (Month): 21 ()
Pages: 183-198

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Handle: RePEc:ris:invreg:0037

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Keywords: Risk of deforestation; Bolivia; municipalities; causality;

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