The Economics of Tropical Deforestation

Posted: 20 Mar 2002

See all articles by Edward B. Barbier

Edward B. Barbier

Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Department of Economics

Joanne C. Burgess

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, College of Liberal Arts, Department of Economics, Students; University of Wyoming - College of Business - Department of Economics and Finance

Abstract

This paper provides a survey of 'first wave' economic studies of tropical deforestation and land use. These studies of tropical forest land conversion are generally at the cross-country level.

We also conduct a synthesis cross-country analysis of tropical agricultural land expansion. The results show that agricultural development is the main factor determining land expansion, but institutional factors have an important influence. Income effects tend to vary from region to region, and do not always display an 'Environmental Kuznets Curve' relationship.

This paper also provides a review of the more recent 'second wave' economic studies of tropical deforestation that model and analyze the economic behaviour of agricultural households, timber concessionaires and other agents within tropical forest countries who affect deforestation through their land use decisions. Further work in this area requires more country-level and local case studies into tropical deforestation and land use.

Suggested Citation

Barbier, Edward B. and Burgess, Joanne C., The Economics of Tropical Deforestation. Journal of Economic Surveys, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 413-432. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=296886

Edward B. Barbier (Contact Author)

Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Department of Economics ( email )

Fort Collins, CO 80523-1771
United States

Joanne C. Burgess

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, College of Liberal Arts, Department of Economics, Students ( email )

Fort Collins, CO 80523-1771
United States

University of Wyoming - College of Business - Department of Economics and Finance ( email )

P.O. Box 3985
Laramie, WY 82071-3985
United States

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
1,178
PlumX Metrics