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Determinants of Forest Degradation under Private and Common Property Regimes: The Case of Ethiopia

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  • Ryo Takahashi
  • Keijiro Otsuka

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This study considers the endogenous determination of land ownership systems to rigorously compare differences in the changes in forest quality between private and common property regimes. By employing the propensity score matching method, we found that there was significantly less forest degradation in private property areas than in common property areas. We also found that good accessibility, a flat surface, and good light conditions significantly induced forest deterioration in private property areas. In contrast, we found completely opposite results for common property areas.

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  • Ryo Takahashi & Keijiro Otsuka, 2016. "Determinants of Forest Degradation under Private and Common Property Regimes: The Case of Ethiopia," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 92(3), pages 450-467.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:92:y:2016:i:3:p:450-467
    Note: DOI: 10.3368/le.92.3.450
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    JEL classification:

    • Q23 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Forestry
    • Q24 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Land

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