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

April 2017

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

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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