Economics of Forestry and Rural Development

An Empirical Introduction from Asia
William F. Hyde and Gregory S. Amacher, and Colleagues
An empirical overview of social forestry in Asia and how it relates to community development and household behavior


Economic development and forest use, with special emphasis on understanding the components of forest degradation and exploitation in developing countries, is the focus of this book. Contributors, mostly from South or Southeast Asia, examine deforestation and tenurial rights, linkages between migration, poverty, and resource exploitation, technology diffusion among poor-subsistence households, fuelwood and energy collection pressures on open-access resources, government and public investments, and household models of labor choice and its impact on resources. Emphasis is on empirical investigation of these problems, though some conceptual material related to resource exploitation, rent distributions, and household economics is presented.

The book is the first to study household resource rent models within a developing-country forestry context. The empirical models are motivated by specifying and formally testing linkages between labor, time, and other input decisions. The book also is the first self-contained study using data from several countries to study a common set of problems such as forest use pressure, the relationship between forest exploitation, household allocation of time, and rents, the adoption of technologies to mitigate exploitation of forest resources, and the importance of population pressure and spatial aspects of deforestation.

The book fills a niche by bringing rigorous economic theories and hypothesis testing to social aspects of resource use. It will be of interest to a range of professionals, from academic economists working in forestry and development to resource policy professionals at international development agencies, especially those struggling with developing incentives to reduce forest degradation.

William F. Hyde is Professor in the Department of Forestry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Gregory S. Amacher is Associate Professor in the Department of Forestry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Praise / Awards

  • "This book brings a terrific analytical freshness and energy to tired clichés about sustainability, deforestation, firewood scarcity, public participation, and social forestry. We face difficult choices in forest use and management in Asia. No one involved in making these choices should be without this book."
    —Frank J. Convery, University College, Dublin
  • "This book combines rigorous economic analysis with a true interest in forests, environment, and the living conditions of the poor in Asia. What else would you expect from these authors?"
    —Thomas Sterner, Goteburg University
  • "Hyde and Amacher have provided a new standard for examining social forestry, which they define for the book as 'forestry for local use in rural development.' For too long this field has been plagued by a lack of intellectual rigor and empirical analysis. This book remedies those weaknesses by providing an integrated set of studies that adhere to solid theoretical underpinnings and a coherent philosophical overview. . . . This book is a must for anyone interested in social forestry."
    —Roger Sedjo, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, February 1, 2003

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 304pp.
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  • Hardcover
  • 2000
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-11144-2

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