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Deforestation and Property Rights: A Comparison between Former British and Spanish Colonies

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dc.contributor.author Novoa, David Corderi en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T15:01:20Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T15:01:20Z
dc.date.issued 2007 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-12-18 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-12-18 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3456
dc.description.abstract "According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization changes in the land use of many developing countries have resulted into a rapid process of deforestation in tropical areas during the 80s and 90s. The impact of insecure ownership and badly defined property rights on deforestation has been extensively studied. It is argued that open access resources are typically subject to a more than optimal extraction rate, which is also known as 'The Tragedy of the Commons.' This paper first explains how institutions such as property rights have influenced land use. Then, the paper compares the British and Spanish colonial systems in terms of property rights and their different impact on forest management. Finally, the paper concludes that, according to the empirical results, stronger property rights encourage less deforestation controlling for a number of variables. At the same time, the empirical evidence suggests that former British colonies do relatively better than former Spanish in terms of avoiding deforestation." en_US
dc.subject land tenure and use en_US
dc.subject forest management en_US
dc.subject deforestation en_US
dc.subject property rights en_US
dc.title Deforestation and Property Rights: A Comparison between Former British and Spanish Colonies en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Economic Analysis Working Papers en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 7 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 7 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth January en_US
dc.submitter.email efcastle@indiana.edu en_US

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