Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/85349
Authors: 
Ahlheim, Michael
Börger, Tobias
Frör, Oliver
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
FZID Discussion Paper 81-2013
Abstract: 
The provision of environmental goods by government creates social benefits which might vary between citizen groups with different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. These differences as well as the overall extent of benefits should be analysed before the implementation of public projects in order to consider not only the efficiency aspects of such a project but also its distributional effects. In Southwest China we are facing a rapid deforestation for the development of rubber cultivation and at the same time find an ethnically highly diverse population. This Contingent Valuation study tries to assess the short-term and long-term benefits accruing from a public reforestation programme in Xishuangbanna and their distribution among different ethnic groups living in that region. The results show that different ethnic groups value short-term and future benefits of reforestation differently and that these differences can be explained by the different cultural and historical backgrounds of these ethnic groups.
Subjects: 
Rubber cultivation
contingent valuation method
environmental costs
ethnicities
equity
cultural ecosystem services
China
JEL: 
D31
D33
E6
E25
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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