[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This paper examines the interaction of spatial and dynamic aspects of resource extraction from forests by local people. Highly cyclical and varied across space and time, the patterns of resource extraction resulting from the spatial-temporal model bear little resemblance to the patterns drawn from focusing either on spatial or temporal aspects of extraction alone. Ignoring this variability inaccurately depicts villagers' dependence on different parts of the forest and could result in inappropriate policies. Similarly, the spatial links in extraction decisions imply that policies imposed in one area can have unintended consequences in other areas. Combining the spatial-temporal model with a measure of success in community forest management--the ability to avoid open-access resource degradation--characterizes the impact of incomplete property rights on patterns of resource extraction and stocks.
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 01/2008; 56(3):234-245.
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