Canadian Forest Service Publications

Institutional, social and economic factors behind deforestation: a cross-country examination. 2003. van Kooten, G.C.; Wang, S. Page 93 in Proceedings of the XII World Forestry Congress, September 21-28, 2003, Quebec, Canada. Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome, Italy, Vol. B - Forests for the Planet, Co-published by Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, and the Government of Quebec.

Year: 2003

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 23862

Language: English

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The emphasis on pure economic explanations for economic development has recently shifted to cultural, social and institutional factors. An ordinary least squares (OLS) regression equation is used to examine the relationship between deforestation and economic, institutional and social capital variables for 117 countries. Institutional, economic and social capital variables are significantly related to deforestation, although there is no evidence to support the existence of an environmental Kuznets relation. While the results cannot be used to discuss any one country specifically, they do provide insight into the general roles of social and institutional factors in deforestation.