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Property Rights and Deforestation: The Choice of Fuelwood Source in Rural Viet Nam

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  • Martin Linde-Rahr
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    This paper analyses the choice of fuelwood supply sources in rural Viet Nam, of which one, the open-access area, is subjected to deforestation. A random parameter logit estimation allows us to calculate cross elasticities between the various sources, using derived shadow prices for fuelwood from each source. We find a relatively stronger substitution effect emerging between user-right plantation and open-access areas. This implies that a policy intervention of fuel from plantations might be an efficient option to halt deforestation. Analysis of producer surplus measures explains the reluctance by households to accept managerial responsibilities of open-access areas.

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    Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Land Economics.

    Volume (Year): 79 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 217-234

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    Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:79:y:2003:i:2:p:217-234

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    1. Palmer, Charles & Macgregor, James, 2009. "Fuelwood scarcity, energy substitution, and rural livelihoods in Namibia," Environment and Development Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 14(06), pages 693-715, December.
    2. Beyene, Abebe D. & Koch, Steven F., 2013. "Property rights, institutions and choice of fuelwood source in rural Ethiopia," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 30(C), pages 30-38.
    3. Bluffstone, Randy & Robinson, Elizabeth & Guthiga, Paul, 2012. "Deforestation and forest degradation are estimated to account for between 12 percent and 20 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions. These activities, largely in the developing world, released abou," Discussion Papers dp-12-11-efd, Resources For the Future.
    4. Javier Escobal & Sonia Laszlo, 2008. "Measurement Error in Access to Markets," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 70(2), pages 209-243, 04.
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    6. Jumbe, Charles B.L. & Angelsen, Arild, 2011. "Modeling choice of fuelwood source among rural households in Malawi: A multinomial probit analysis," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 33(5), pages 732-738, September.
    7. Mekonnen, Alemu & Bluffstone, Ramdall, 2008. "Is There a Link between Common Property Forest Management and Private Tree Growing? Evidence of Behavioral Effects from Highland Ethiopia," Discussion Papers dp-08-29-efd, Resources For the Future.
    8. Mekonnen, Alemu & Ghebru, Hosaena & Holden, Stein & Kassie, Menale, 2012. "Impact of land certification on tree growing on private plots of rural households: Evidence from Ethiopia," CLTS Working Papers 3/12, Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

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