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Land tenure, population pressure, and deforestation in Haiti: The case of Forêt des Pins Reserve

Frito Dolisca, , fdolisca@hotmail.com Joshua M. McDaniel, , Lawrence D. Teeter, , Curtis M. Jolly, ,
 
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Frito Dolisca, Joshua M. McDaniel, Lawrence D. Teeter and Curtis M. Jolly (2007), "Land tenure, population pressure, and deforestation in Haiti: The case of Forêt des Pins Reserve", Journal of Forest Economics: Vol. 13: No. 4, pp 277-289. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfe.2007.02.006

Published: 05 Nov 2007
© 0 2007 Frito Dolisca, Joshua M. McDaniel, Lawrence D. Teeter, Curtis M. Jolly
 
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JEL Codes:Q230
DeforestationFarm householdsForêt des Pins ReserveLand tenureTobit regression
 

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Introduction
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Abstract

Haiti, with a forest cover estimated at 3% of all land area, has experienced severe degradation of its natural resources and a significant change in its land cover. While deforestation in Haiti is obviously multifaceted, one issue emerges from previous empirical analysis in explaining deforestation: land tenure. This study focuses on the causes of deforestation in Haiti, particularly in Forêt des Pins Reserve, using the annual average area of cleared forest per household as the dependent variable. Data were collected with the use of a survey instrument administered to 243 farm households in 15 villages inside the Reserve. Tobit Regression results reveal that household size, education of head of the household, land tenure regime, and farm labor are important factors affecting land clearing.

DOI:10.1016/j.jfe.2007.02.006