Economic and Environmental Benefits of Eliminating Log Export Bans the Case of Costa Rica

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Nalin Kishor

World Bank Institute - Environment and Natural Resources Program (WBIEN)

Muthukumara Mani

World Bank

Luis Constantino

World Bank

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Date Written: October 2001

Abstract

An increasing number of tropical timber producing nations have enacted bans on export of logs. Proponents argue that a log export ban is a second-best policy tool for addressing environmental externalities; it also creates more jobs and improves scale efficiencies domestically. Theoretical arguments, however, suggest that log export bans are largely incapable of achieving their objectives. However, little quantitative evidence exists. The authors maintain that eliminating log export bans in Costa Rica could generate economic gains as high as $14 million annually in addition to the environmental benefits.

Keywords: trade and environment forestry, log export ban (LEB), sustainable management , Latin America, Costa Rica

JEL Classification: F13, F18, Q23

Suggested Citation

Kishor, Nalin and Mani, Muthukumara and Constantino, Luis, Economic and Environmental Benefits of Eliminating Log Export Bans the Case of Costa Rica (October 2001). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=879971 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.879971

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