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Poverty and the Environment: Exploring the Relationship Between Household Incomes, Private Assets, and Natural Assets

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  • Urvashi Narain
  • Shreekant Gupta
  • Klaas van ’t Veld
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    This paper develops an analytical framework to examine how rural households in developing countries derive income from common-pool natural resource stocks. The focus is on how three types of private assets—land, livestock, and human capital—and one household characteristic—its size—interact with the natural assets to form the basis of household livelihood strategies. Predictions of the model are tested using purpose-collected data from rural households in Jhabua, India. Implications of our results for the potential of improved natural resource management to alleviate poverty are discussed.

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

    Volume (Year): 84 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 148-167

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    Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:84:y:2008:i:1:p:148-167

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    1. Babulo, Bedru & Muys, Bart & Nega, Fredu & Tollens, Eric & Nyssen, Jan & Deckers, Jozef & Mathijs, Erik, 2009. "The economic contribution of forest resource use to rural livelihoods in Tigray, Northern Ethiopia," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 11(2), pages 123-131, March.

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