Do Payments Pay Off? Evidence from Participation in Costa Rica's PES Program.

@article{Arriagada2015DoPP,
  title={Do Payments Pay Off? Evidence from Participation in Costa Rica's PES Program.},
  author={Rodrigo A Arriagada and Erin O. Sills and Paul J Ferraro and S K Pattanayak},
  journal={PloS one},
  year={2015},
  volume={10 7},
  pages={e0131544}
}
Payments for environmental services (PES) are often viewed as a way to simultaneously improve conservation outcomes and the wellbeing of rural households who receive the payments. However, evidence for such win-win outcomes has been elusive. We add to the growing literature on conservation program impacts by using primary household survey data to evaluate the socioeconomic impacts of participation in Costa Rica's PES program. Despite the substantial cash transfers to voluntary participants in… CONTINUE READING

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