Roads and deforestation: Do local institutions matter?

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We study the role of subnational institutions in forest conservation when areas near roads are prone to deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon. We build a local-institutions index applying a principal component analysis and find that a higher value of the index is significantly correlated with lower deforestation. However, the effect of our index is not sufficiently large to offset the deforesting effect that closeness to roads has, at least not for relatively short distances to road. These results are robust to several specifications of our index (including a linear aggregation) and to the inclusion of a large set of covariates.
Period13 Nov 2023
ExamineeFrancisco Bruno Galarza Arellano & Rosario Gómez Gamarra
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Degree of RecognitionInternational