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The Economics of Deforestation in the Amazon: Dispelling the Myths

By: Joao S Campari

242 pages, Figs, tabs

Edward Elgar

Hardback | Dec 2005 | #148124 | ISBN: 1843768798
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Presents the results of several years of research on Amazon deforestation and argues that it continues because current policies are based on outdated assumptions of economic development.

'The Turnover Hypothesis" maintains that deforestation in Brazil is due primarily to small farmers who cut, farm, deplete the soil, and move on to cut again. However, this thorough analysis by Joao Campari marshals twenty years of data to show that deforestation now is due primarily to consolidated farms of the interior rather than small farms on the frontier. The book combines economic theory, empirical tests, and multidisciplinary approaches, all of which should prove extremely useful for policymakers who must know the true causes of deforestation in order to design policies to control it.' - Don Fullerton, University of Texas, Austin, US; 'This is an important book. It is a much-needed volume that promises partly to set the record straight on the deforestation processes at work in the Amazon, but which will also cause some controversy because of the "corrective" nature of many of the findings. It has been meticulously researched and is extremely well written.' - David Pearce, University College London, UK"


Preface; 1. Deforestation and its Myths; 2. Occupation, Changing Migration Dynamics, and Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon; 3. The Political Economy of Frontier Expansion and Deforestation in the Amazon; 4. Deforestation and the Rules of Land Allocation; 5. The Turnover Hypothesis of Amazon Deforestation: Conceptual Framework; 6. Colonization Projects: Field Work; 7. Turnover on Farming Plots; 8. Deforestation and Land Re-concentration in the Amazon Frontier; 9. Dispelling Other Myths about the Amazon; Bibliography; Index.

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