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Is the Log Export Ban Effective? Revisiting the Issue through the Case of Indonesia

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  • Budy P. Resosudarmo


    (Australian National University, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies)

  • Arief Anshory Yusuf


    (Australian National University, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies)

The effectiveness of a log export ban policy in achieving the twin goals of conservation and economic development has been vigorously debated by many researchers and policymakers for the last two decades or so. Despite the abundance of work focusing on this issue that demonstrates the perversity of this policy, many countries around the world still implement it. This paper will, first, review the economic and political arguments on the pros and cons of this policy. Second, it will review the Indonesian experience in implementing the policy in the 1980s and 2000s. Third, using a CGE model, this paper will predict the anticipated impact of implementing the log export ban policy on the national economy and on household incomes for various socio-economic groups.

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Paper provided by Australian National University, Economics and Environment Network in its series Economics and Environment Network Working Papers with number 0602.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2006
Handle: RePEc:anu:eenwps:0602
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