Firewood Collections and Economic Growth in Rural Nepal 1995-2010: Evidence from a Household Panel

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Abstract

A household panel data set is used to investigate the effects of economic growth on firewood collection in Nepal between 1995 and 2010. Results from preceding cross-sectional analyses are found to be robust: (a) rising consumptions for all but the top decile were associated with increased firewood collections, contrary to the Poverty-Environment hypothesis; (b) sources of growth matter: increased livestock was associated with increased collections, and falling household size, increased education, non-farm business assets and road connectivity with reduced collections. Nepal households collected 25% less firewood over this period, mostly explained by falling livestock, and rising education, connectivity and out-migration.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCEPR
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Household
Nepal
Economic growth
Education
Livestock
Connectivity
Household size
Roads
Poverty
Panel data
Assets

Keywords

  • deforestation
  • Environmental Kuznets Curve
  • Growth
  • Nepal

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