Economics of Forestry and Rural Development: An Empirical Introduction from Asia

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Economic development and forest use, with special emphasis on understanding the components of forest degradation and exploitation in developing countries, is the focus of this book. Contributors, mostly from South or Southeast Asia, examine deforestation and tenurial rights, linkages between migration, poverty, and resource exploitation, technology diffusion among poor-subsistence households, fuelwood and energy collection pressures on open-access resources, government and public investments, and household models of labor choice and its impact on resources. Emphasis is on empirical investigation of these problems, though some conceptual material related to resource exploitation, rent distributions, and household economics is presented.

The book is the first to study household resource rent models within a developing-country forestry context. The empirical models are motivated by specifying and formally testing linkages between labor, time, and other input decisions. The book also is the first self-contained study using data from several countries to study a common set of problems such as forest use pressure, the relationship between forest exploitation, household allocation of time, and rents, the adoption of technologies to mitigate exploitation of forest resources, and the importance of population pressure and spatial aspects of deforestation.

The book fills a niche by bringing rigorous economic theories and hypothesis testing to social aspects of resource use. It will be of interest to a range of professionals, from academic economists working in forestry and development to resource policy professionals at international development agencies, especially those struggling with developing incentives to reduce forest degradation.

William F. Hyde is Professor in the Department of Forestry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Gregory S. Amacher is Associate Professor in the Department of Forestry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472111442
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 12/7/2000
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Introduction
1 A General Statement: Nineteen Hypotheses about Forestry and Rural Development 3
Pt. 2 Background
2 Forest Environments as Attractants for Human Migration: The Philippines in the 1980s 29
3 Some General Features of Household Forestry in Nepal 43
Pt. 3 Household Production and Consumption, and the Adoption of New Technologies
4 Household Fuel Production and Consumption, Substitution, and Innovation in Two Districts of Nepal 57
5 Innovation and Adoption in Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province 87
Pt. 4 Regional Supply and Demand
6 Estimates of Economic Supply from Physical Measures of the Forest Stock: An Example from Eight Developing Countries 103
7 Regional Fuelwood Production and Consumption in Nepal: With Implications for Local Adoption of New Forestry Practices 121
Pt. 5 Secure Rights
8 Secure Forest Tenure, Community Management, and Deforestation: A Philippine Policy Application 151
9 Rural Reform and China's Forestry Sector: Rational Farmer Expectations and the Case for a Stable Policy Environment 181
Pt. 6 Additional Perspective
10 Common Property Resources and the Dynamics of Rural Poverty: Field Evidence from the Dry Regions of India 203
11 Trees as a Source of Agricultural Sustainability: Agroforestry in China 223
Pt. 7 Conclusions
12 Social Forestry Reconsidered 243
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