The Political Economy of Deforestation in the Tropics

@inproceedings{Burgess2011ThePE,
  title={The Political Economy of Deforestation in the Tropics},
  author={Robin Burgess and Matthew C. Hansen and Benjamin A. Olken and Peter V. Potapov and Stefanie Sieber},
  year={2011}
}
Tropical deforestation accounts for almost one-fifth of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and threatens the world's most diverse ecosystems. The prevalence of illegal forest extraction in the tropics suggests that understanding the incentives of local bureaucrats and politicians who enforce forest policy may be critical to understanding tropical deforestation. We find support for this thesis using a novel satellite-based dataset that tracks annual changes in forest cover across eight years of… CONTINUE READING

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