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Economic and Environmental Benefits of Eliminating Log Export Bans--The Case of Costa Rica

Author/Editor: Kishor, Nalin M. | Mani, Muthukumara | Constantino, Luis F.
Authorized for Distribution: October 1, 2001
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Summary: An increasing number of tropical timber producing nations have enacted bans on export of logs. Proponents argue that a log export ban is a second-best policy tool for addressing environmental externalities; it also creates more jobs and improves scale efficiencies domestically. Theoretical arguments suggest that log export bans are largely incapable of achieving their objectives. However, little quantitative evidence exists. The authors maintain that eliminating log export bans in Costa Rica could generate economic gains as high as $14 million annually in addition to the environmental benefits.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 01/153
Subject(s): Exports | Costa Rica | Environment | Trade | Latin America
Author's keyword(s): trade and environment | forestry | log export ban | (LEB) | sustainable management | Latin America | Costa Rica
 
English  
    Published:   October 1, 2001        
    ISBN/ISSN:   1934-7073   Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA1532001   Pages:   17
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