Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/117319
Authors: 
Krishna, Vijesh V.
Pascual, Unai
Qaim, Matin
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
EFForTS Discussion Paper Series 7
Abstract: 
This paper empirically examines the emergence and functioning of land markets and their impacts on deforestation in Sumatra, Indonesia. While the evolution of land markets is expected to promote deforestation activities by rural households, we find no sizeable impact, due to two major reasons. First, land transactions occur in cultural and spatial isolation from forest encroachment. Second, the emergence of speculative land markets, which could accelerate deforestation, is evaded through institutional constraints, primarily weak property rights on land. However, while land markets do not promote deforestation, they also do not deter forestland appropriation, because of ambiguous legal frameworks.
Subjects: 
Forest conservation
Indonesia
Land resources
Plantation crops
Property rights
Open access
JEL: 
O13
Q12
Q15
Q23
R14
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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