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Intersectoral labor mobility and deforestation in Ghana


  • Owusu, Victor
  • Fosu, K. Yerfi
  • Burger, Kees


This paper quantifies the effects of the determinants of intersectoral labor mobility and the effect of intersectoral labor mobility on deforestation in Ghana over the period 1970–2008. A cointegration and error correction modeling approach is employed. The empirical results show that labor mobility from the agricultural to the non-agricultural sector exerts negative effects on deforestation in Ghana in the long run and short run. Relative agricultural income exerts a significant negative effect on intersectoral labor mobility in the long run. Deforestation is influenced positively by population pressure, the price of fertilizer and rainfall, whereas access to irrigation infrastructure exerts a negative effect in the long run. In the short run, real producer prices of cocoa and maize exert significant positive effects on deforestation whereas access to irrigation infrastructure exerts a negative significant effect. Fruitful policy recommendations based on the empirical magnitudes and directions of these effects are made in this paper.

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  • Owusu, Victor & Fosu, K. Yerfi & Burger, Kees, 2012. "Intersectoral labor mobility and deforestation in Ghana," Environment and Development Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 17(06), pages 741-762, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:endeec:v:17:y:2012:i:06:p:741-762_00

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    1. Andreas Kamp & Hanne Østergård & Simon Bolwig, 2016. "Environmental Assessment of Integrated Food and Cooking Fuel Production for a Village in Ghana," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(5), pages 1-16, April.

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