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Economic incentive and factors affecting tree planting of rural households: Evidence from the Central Highlands of Vietnam

Hoang Huu Dinh, Trung Thanh Nguyen, Viet-Ngu Hoang () and Clevo Wilson

Journal of Forest Economics, 2017, vol. 29, issue PA, 14-24

Abstract: We examine the economic incentive and the factors affecting tree planting by rural households in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Data are from a household survey conducted in three districts of Lam Dong province. A financial analysis is undertaken to identify the economic incentive and a Heckman econometric regression model is used to examine the determinants of tree planting. Our results show that tree planting is financially more profitable than leaving land abandoned. However, the decision and intensity of tree planting by rural households are affected by various factors representing household characteristics, farm endowment, bio-physical factors, social-institutional support, and the perception of farmers about forestland expropriation risk. We suggest these factors be considered in reforestation programs in the future.

Keywords: Land expropriation risk; Econometrics; Financial analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q57 Q20 Q12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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