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Do roads cause deforestation? Using satellite images in econometric analysis of land use

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  • Nelson, Gerald
  • Hellerstein, Daniel

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In this paper we demonstrate how satellite images and other geographic data can be used to predict land use. A cross-section model of land use is estimated with data for a region in central Mexico. Parameters from the model are used to examine the effects of reduced human activity. If variables that proxy human influence are changed to reflect reduced impact, "forest" area increases and "irrigated crop" area is reduced.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 25261.

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Date of creation: Feb 1997
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Publication status: Published in American Journal of Agricultural Economics 79.1(1997): pp. 80-88
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:25261

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Keywords: geographic data; land use; remotely sensed data; spatial econometrics.;

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