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Economic Models of Tropical Deforestation: A Review  

Economic Models of Tropical Deforestation: A Review

Policy makers, scientists and the public are increasingly concerned about tropical deforestation and its negative consequences such as climate change, biodiversity loss, reduced timber supply, flooding, siltation, and soil degradation. This has led economists to greatly expand their efforts to model the questions of why, where, when and how much forest is converted to other land uses. This is reflected in the fact that over 90 per cent of the economic deforestation models currently available have been produced since 1990. The quantitative models that have emerged provide insights that can improve policy formulation, but they have strong assumptions and data limitations. . This paper synthesises the results of some 150 deforestation models. It describes their assumptions, methodologies, data and main results, and assesses their strengths and weaknesses. It also identifies promising areas for future research.

Published by: Center for International Forest Research (CIFOR) -
Uploaded on: Mar 2007
File size: 1.1 MB - Language: English
Keyword(s): Forestry
Category: Environment

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