Do Roads Cause Deforestation? Using Satellite Images in Econometric Analysis of Land Use

American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 79, No. 1 (Feb., 1997), pp. 80-88

10 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2016

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Gerald Nelson

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Daniel Hellerstein

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS), Resource and Rural Economics Division

Date Written: February 19, 1997

Abstract

This paper demonstrates how satellite images and other geographic data can be used to predict land use. A cross-section model of land use is estimated with data for a region in central Mexico. Parameters from the model are used to examine the effects of reduced human activity. If variables that proxy human influence are changed to reflect reduced impact, “forest” area increases and “irrigated crop” area is reduced.

Keywords: geographic data, land use, remotely sensed data, spatial econometrics

JEL Classification: R14, Q24

Suggested Citation

Nelson, Gerald and Hellerstein, Daniel, Do Roads Cause Deforestation? Using Satellite Images in Econometric Analysis of Land Use (February 19, 1997). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 79, No. 1 (Feb., 1997), pp. 80-88 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2735101

Gerald Nelson (Contact Author)

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Daniel Hellerstein

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