The Economics of Deforestation

The Example of Ecuador

  • Sven Wunder

Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

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      Pages 1-5
  3. Deforestation: Facts and Theories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
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      Pages 9-25
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      Pages 26-55
  4. Ecuadorean Deforestation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
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      Pages 91-116
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      Pages 117-137
  5. Highland Land-Use Patterns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 233-262

About this book


Tropical forests are disappearing at an unaltered pace, giving way to alternative land uses. This book gives an economic perspective on deforestation. Following a survey of different deforestation definitions, theories and empirical evidence, a case-study of Ecuador provides a versatile historical picture of factors affecting forest loss throughout different periods, regions and ecosystems. It is shown that policy and market failures alone cannot explain rapid deforestation; decision-makers follow a composite economic rationale in their continuous clearing of forests which can only be counteracted by concerted action.


Clearing economics economy ecosystem institutions science and technology Tropical forests

Authors and affiliations

  • Sven Wunder
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Development ResearchCopenhagenDenmark

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