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Evaluating the potential of marketable permits in a framed field experiment: Forest conservation in Nepal

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  • Timilsina, Raja Rajendra
  • Kotani, Koji

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A marketable permits system (MPS) has been deemed effective in laboratory experiments, however, little is known about how the MPS works in the field. We evaluate the MPS efficiency for forest conservation by framed field experiments in Nepal. Forestland demands are elicited from farmers, with which the experiments are carried out. The novelty lies in instituting a uniform price auction (UPA) under trader settings and in identifying the MPS efficiency for forest conservation in the field of developing nations. The results suggest that farmers with limited education understand UPA rules, reveal their forestland valuations and that the MPS is effective with 80% of efficiency.

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  • Timilsina, Raja Rajendra & Kotani, Koji, 2017. "Evaluating the potential of marketable permits in a framed field experiment: Forest conservation in Nepal," Journal of Forest Economics, Elsevier, vol. 29(PA), pages 25-37.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:foreco:v:29:y:2017:i:pa:p:25-37
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jfe.2016.11.003
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    Keywords

    Forest conservation; Framed field experiment; Marketable permits system; Uniform price auction;

    JEL classification:

    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • Q23 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Forestry

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