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The Causes of Tropical Deforestation

The Economic and Statistical Analysis of Factors Giving Rise to the Loss of the Tropical Forests

The rapid destruction of tropical forests is one of the most pressing environmental problems of our time, but the international community and national governments are unable to formulate effective policy responses without a clear understanding of the causes of deforestation. This comprehensive and coherent account presents the 'state of the art' econometric analysis of tropical deforestation, quantifying and examining the local and underlying global causes.

355 pages

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements

Notes on Contributors

I. The Issues

1. Saving the world's tropical forests

2. Tropical deforestation: rates and patterns

II. Explaining Global Deforestation

3. Population and deforestation

4. International debt and deforestation

5. Tropical forest depletion and the changing macroeconomy, 1967-85

6. Macroeconomic causes of deforestation: barking up the wrong tree?

7. Population, development and tropical deforestation: a cross-national study

8. Population, land-use and the environment in developing countries: what can we learn from cross-national data?

9. Tropical deforestation and agricultural developments in Latin America

III. Country Case Studies

10. The causes of tropical deforestation: a quantitative analysis and case study from the Philippines

11. Incentives for tropical deforestation: some examples from Latin America

12. An econometric model of Amazon deforestation

13. An econometric analysis of the causes of tropical deforestation: the case of Northeast Thailand

14. Deforestation in Thailand

15. Government failure and deforestation in Indonesia

16. An analysis of the causes of deforestation in India

IV. The Tropical Timber Trade

17. The timber trade and tropical deforestation in Indonesia

18. Deforestation: the role of the international trade in tropical timber

19. The tropical timber trade and sustainable development



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