Community-Managed Forests and Household Welfare: Empirical Evidence from Nepal

34 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2016 Last revised: 2 Jan 2018

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Jayash Paudel

University of Massachusetts Amherst, College of Natural Resources & the Environment, Department of Resource Economics

Date Written: August 7, 2017

Abstract

This paper evaluates the role of use of community-managed forests as a means of improving economic well-being of rural Nepalese households. It utilizes a nationwide survey consisting of detailed questionnaires related to household welfare and employs instrumental variable (IV) approach to investigate the linkage between community-managed forests and food consumption. Results show that households that use community-managed forests for firewood spend significantly more on food consumption than those dependent on government-managed forests. The study further finds that community-managed forest users appear to be more participatory and are more likely to find their food consumption adequate. Together, these results provide compelling evidence that community-managed forests can be an effective means of addressing food insecurity among rural households typically thought as possessing lower levels of social capital.

Keywords: Community-managed forests, Food consumption, Household welfare

JEL Classification: Q18, Q23, Q57

Suggested Citation

Paudel, Jayash, Community-Managed Forests and Household Welfare: Empirical Evidence from Nepal (August 7, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2804115 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2804115

Jayash Paudel (Contact Author)

University of Massachusetts Amherst, College of Natural Resources & the Environment, Department of Resource Economics ( email )

Amherst, MA
United States

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