Roads, Lands, Markets, and Deforestation: A Spatial Model of Land Use in Belize

  title={Roads, Lands, Markets, and Deforestation: A Spatial Model of Land Use in Belize},
  author={Kenneth M. Chomitz and D. Anthony Gray},
Rural roads promote economic development but also facilitate deforestation. To explore the tradeoffs between development and environmental damage posed by road building, the authors develop and estimate a spatially explicit model of land use. This model takes into account location and land characteristics and predicts land use at each point on the landscape. They find that: (a) market access and distance to roads strongly affect the probability of agricultural use, especially for commercial… 
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