International Trade and Deforestation: Potential Policy Effects via a Global Economic Model

Economic Research Report No. (ERR-229) 71 pp, April 2017

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by Jayson Beckman, Ron Sands, Anne Riddle, Tani Lee, and Jacob M. Walloga

Increasing global population and demand for food have placed rising pressures on tropical forests as agricultural land expands at their expense. ERS researchers employ a global economic model to assess the effects of two potential policies—(1) removing tariffs on forest-risk products and (2) prohibiting export of illegally logged wood—that could affect tropical forest loss.

Keywords: Deforestation, forest-risk products, palm oil, soybean, beef, wood products, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Indonesia, Malaysia, tropical forest, selective logging

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