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Firewood Collections and Economic Growth in Rural Nepal 1995-2010: Evidence from a Household Panel

Jean-Marie Baland (), François Libois and Dilip Mookherjee ()

No 9394, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: A household panel data set is used to investigate the effects of economic growth on firewood collection in Nepal between 1995 and 2010. Results from preceding cross-sectional analyses are found to be robust: (a) rising consumptions for all but the top decile were associated with increased firewood collections, contrary to the Poverty-Environment hypothesis; (b) sources of growth matter: increased livestock was associated with increased collections, and falling household size, increased education, non-farm business assets and road connectivity with reduced collections. Nepal households collected 25% less firewood over this period, mostly explained by falling livestock, and rising education, connectivity and out-migration.

Keywords: deforestation; Environmental Kuznets Curve; growth; Nepal (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D12 O1 Q2 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013-03
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