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Developing Country Forest Policy Impact Evaluation

A considerable literature examines the forest conservation and reforestation interventions in developing countries. However, as numerous recent literature reviews have pointed out, there is a decided lack of rigorous experimental and quasi-experimental evidence on the effectiveness of these policies. This thematic session features paper that help fill that gap. Each uses quasi-experimental impact evaluation methods to analyze the effect of a forest policy intervention on forest cover change. The session draws on the work of the Forest Collaborative within the Environment for Development (EfD) initiative. Founded in 2007, the EfD initiative is a consortium of environmental economics research institutes in 12 developing and developed countries. The Forest Collaborative is a cross-center research community of practice hosted by EfD. 

Organizer(s): Allen Blackman, Inter-American Development Bank

Chair: Allen Blackman, Inter-American Development Bank

  1. Is Collective Titling Enough to Protect Forests? Evidence from Afro-descendants Communities in the Colombian Pacific Region
    Juan Robalino, María Alejandra Vélez, Juan Camilo Cardenas, Andrea Paz, Eduardo Pacay
  2. Does Certification Change the Trajectory of Tree Cover in Working Forests in The Tropics? An Application of the Synthetic Control Method of Impact Evaluation
    Erin Sills, Pushpendra Rana
  3. The Net Effect of Concessions on Forest Loss: Quasi-experimental Evidence from Mexico 
    Allen Blackman, Laura Villalobos
  4. Explaining Long-term Outcome Trajectories in Social-ecological Systems
    Pushpendra Rana, Daniel Miller