Contagious development: Neighbor interactions in deforestation

Journal Article

We estimate neighbor interactions in deforestation in Costa Rica. To address simultaneity and the presence of spatially correlated unobservables, we measure for neighbors' deforestation using the slopes of neighbors' and neighbors' neighbors' parcels. We find that neighboring deforestation significantly raises the probability of deforestation. Policies for agricultural development or forest conservation in one area will affect deforestation rates in non-targeted neighboring areas. Correct estimation of the interaction reverses the naive estimate's prediction of multiple equilibria. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Robalino, JA; Pfaff, A

Published Date

  • 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 97 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 427 - 436

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0304-3878

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2011.06.003