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The Economics of Deforestation

The Example of Ecuador

Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Sven Wunder
      Pages 1-5
  3. Deforestation: Facts and Theories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Sven Wunder
      Pages 9-25
    3. Sven Wunder
      Pages 26-55
  4. Ecuadorean Deforestation

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

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Sven Wunder
      Pages 141-163
    3. Sven Wunder
      Pages 164-184
    4. Sven Wunder
      Pages 185-204
    5. Sven Wunder
      Pages 205-232
  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

  1. 1.Centre for Development ResearchCopenhagenDenmark

About the authors

SVEN WUNDER studied at the Universities of Copenhagen and Oxford. He works at the Centre for Development Research, Copenhagen, as a Senior Project Researcher and is author or co-author of several books on the subject of deforestation.

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