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Protecting forests, biodiversity, and th...

Protecting forests, biodiversity, and the climate: predicting policy impact to improve policy choice

Alexander Pfaff, Juan Robalino Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Volume 28, Number 1, 2012, pp. 164–179 Policies must balance forest conservation’s local costs with its benefits—local to global—in terms of biodiversity, the mitigation of climate change, and other eco-services such as water quality. The trade-offs with development vary across forest locations. We argue that considering […]

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Contagious Development: neighbor interac...

Contagious Development: neighbor interactions in deforestation

Juan Robalino, Alexander Pfaff Journal of Development Economics 97 (2012) 427–436 We estimate neighbor interactions in deforestation in Costa Rica. To address simultaneity and the presence of spatially correlated unobservables, we measure for neighbors’ deforestation using the slopes of neighbors’ and neighbors’ neighbors’ parcels. We find that neighboring deforestation significantly raises the probability of deforestation. […]

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