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On the economic factors of deforestation: what can we learn from quantile analysis?

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  • Olivier Damette

    (Université Paris-Est Créteil, France)

  • Philippe Delacote

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    (Researcher at INRA - Laboratoire d'Economie Forestière.)

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The factors of deforestation at a global level have been widely studied in the empirical economic literature. However, the high heterogeneity among countries considerably limits the overall significance of the results. Using quantile approach, we show that some major deforestation factors are more prevalent in high deforestation countries, giving the insight that those factors have been under-estimated in previous studies.

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Paper provided by Chaire Economie du Climat in its series Working Papers with number 1110.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2011
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Keywords: Quantile analysis; Deforestation; Economic development; Environmental Kuznets Curve;

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  1. Bård Harstad, 2013. "The Market for Conservation and Other Hostages," CESifo Working Paper Series, CESifo Group Munich 4296, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Jean-Louis COMBES & Pascale COMBES MOTEL & Philippe DELACOTE, 2014. "Public expenses, credit and natural capital: Substitution or complementarity?," Working Papers 201409, CERDI.
  3. Julien Wolfersberger & Serge Garcia & Philippe Delacote, 2013. "An empirical analysis of the cumulative nature of deforestation," Working Papers, Chaire Economie du Climat 1303, Chaire Economie du Climat.

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