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Firewood collections and economic growth in rural Nepal 1995-2010: Evidence from a household panel

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  • Jean-Marie Baland

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    (Center for Research in the Economics of Development, University of Namur)

  • François Libois

    (Center for Research in the Economics of Development, University of Namur)

  • Dilip Mookherjee

    ()
    (Boston University)

Abstract

A household panel data set is used to investigate the effects of economic growth on firewood collection in Nepal between 1995 and 2010. Results from preceding crosssectional analyses are found to be robust: (a) rising consumptions for all but the top decile were associated with increased firewood collections, contrary to the Poverty- Environment hypothesis; (b) sources of growth matter: increased livestock was associated with increased collections, and falling household size, increased education, non-farm business assets and road connectivity with reduced collections. Nepal households collected 25% less firewood over this period, mostly explained by falling livestock, and rising education, connectivity and out-migration.

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Paper provided by University of Namur, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1215.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2012
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Handle: RePEc:nam:wpaper:1215

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Keywords: deforestation; growth; Environmental Kuznets Curve; Nepal;

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  1. Magnus Hatlebakk, 2009. "Explaining Maoist control and level of civil conflict in Nepal," CMI Working Papers 10, CMI (Chr. Michelsen Institute), Bergen, Norway.
  2. Adhikari, Bhim & Di Falco, Salvatore & Lovett, Jon C., 2004. "Household characteristics and forest dependency: evidence from common property forest management in Nepal," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 48(2), pages 245-257, February.
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