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
Date Written: February 19, 1997
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
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