An Exploration of the Positive Effect of Inequality on Common Property Forests

Posted: 18 Jun 2008

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Jennifer Alix‐Garcia

University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

This paper analyzes the household level forces driving the positive impact of inequality on common property forest cover in Mexico. A game theoretic model demonstrates that when common property goods are complementary to private inputs in production, an increase in wealth inequality can lead to a decrease in exploitation of the commons. Data from 350 Mexican common properties show that as inequality increases, those on the lower end of the land distribution are less likely to use the commons. Alternative hypotheses for this result are considered.

Keywords: inequality, collective action, deforestation, common property resources, wealth

JEL Classification: D31, D63, O13, Q15, Q23

Suggested Citation

Alix-Garcia, Jennifer, An Exploration of the Positive Effect of Inequality on Common Property Forests (2008). Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 87, No. 1, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1147230

Jennifer Alix-Garcia (Contact Author)

University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences ( email )

San Francisco, CA 94117
United States

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