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Protecting Brazil's tropical forest: a CGE analysis of macroeconomic, sectoral, and regional policies

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  • Wiebelt, Manfred

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The 'deforestation problem' in Brazil consists of a variety of interrelated issues, of which this paper identifies a regional, sectoral and macroeconomic dimension. Using a regionally and sectorally disaggregated general equilibrium model of Brazil, it is shown that macroeconomic reform is complementary to conservation policies. Therefore, if not for other reasons, macroeconomic reform is urgently needed to provide an adequate framework for microeconomic conservation policies to be effective. The analysis also shows that regional land taxes in the Amazon outperform the reduction of fiscal incentives for agriculture, both with regards to ecological effectiveness and efficiency. Finally, the results do not support claims for compensation payments.

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Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 638.

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Date of creation: 1994
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Handle: RePEc:kie:kieliw:638

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Keywords: deforestation; public policy; general equilibrium analysis; Brazil;

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  1. Funke, Norbert & Nunnenkamp, Peter & Schweickert, Rainer, 1992. "Brazil: Another lost decade? Domestic policies and attractiveness for foreign capital," Kiel Discussion Papers 188, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
  2. Thiele, Rainer, 1994. "Conserving tropical rain forests in Indonesia: a CGE analysis of alternative policies," Kiel Working Papers 621, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  3. Binswanger, Hans P., 1991. "Brazilian policies that encourage deforestation in the Amazon," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 19(7), pages 821-829, July.
  4. Motta, Ronaldo SerĂ´a da, 1993. "Past and current policy issues concerning tropical deforestation in Brazil," Kiel Working Papers 566, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  5. Thiele, Rainer & Wiebelt, Manfred, 1993. "National and international policies for tropical rain forest conservation: a quantitative analysis for Cameroon," Kiel Working Papers 570, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
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Cited by:
  1. Cattaneo, Andrea, 2002. "Balancing agricultural development and deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon:," Research reports 129, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  2. Banerjee, Onil & Alavalapati, Janaki, 2009. "A computable general equilibrium analysis of forest concessions in Brazil," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 11(4), pages 244-252, July.

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