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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 1215, Working Papers from University of Namur, Department of Economics

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 crosssectional 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; growth; Environmental Kuznets Curve; Nepal (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D12 O1 Q2 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 41 pages
Date: 2012-12
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