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Deforestation and land use under insecure property rights




We examine the implications of migration and insecure property rights to land use and deforestation in tropical frontier forests. Three forms of property rights risks are introduced to basic land-use forms. Illegal logging risk is associated with forest plantations, a land expropriation risk affects land in agriculture and plantation forestry, and illegal logging risks threaten native forest land. Public and private landowners can reduce these risks by employing costly enforcement effort. We show how that migration, expropriation, and illegal logging risks lead to deforestation by promoting agricultural expansion, and illegal logging. Higher public enforcement reduces illegal logging, but higher private enforcement may or may not reduce deforestation depending on migration pressures. Higher timber prices have an ambiguous effect on deforestation, but an increasing value of non-timber benefits decreases or leaves deforestation unchanged depending on the incentive structures of illegal loggers.

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  • Amacher, Gregory S. & Koskela, Erkki & Ollikainen, Markku, 2009. "Deforestation and land use under insecure property rights," Environment and Development Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 14(03), pages 281-303, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:endeec:v:14:y:2009:i:03:p:281-303_00

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    1. Heilmayr, Robert, 2014. "Conservation through intensification? The effects of plantations on natural forests," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 105(C), pages 204-210.
    2. Salant, Stephen W. & Yu, Xueying, 2013. "The Effect of Stochastic Oscillations in Property Rights Regimes on Forest Output in China," Discussion Papers dp-13-08, Resources For the Future.
    3. Barua, Sepul K. & Lintunen, Jussi & Uusivuori, Jussi & Kuuluvainen, Jari, 2014. "On the economics of tropical deforestation: Carbon credit markets and national policies," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 47(C), pages 36-45.
    4. Salant, Stephen W. & Yu, Xueying, 2016. "Forest loss, monetary compensation, and delayed re-planting: The effects of unpredictable land tenure in China," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 78(C), pages 49-66.
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