Fuelwood Consumption and Forest Degradation: A Household Model for Domestic Energy Substitution in Rural India

Land Economics 76(2). DOI: 10.2307/3147225

Posted: 27 Nov 2014

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Channing Arndt

United Nations - World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU/WIDER)

Rasmus Heltberg

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics

Date Written: 2000

Abstract

This paper discusses domestic energy supply and demand in rural India. Links between forest scarcity and household fuel collection are analyzed in a non-separable household model, focusing on substitution of non-commercial fuels from the commons and the private domain. Based on data from villages bordering a protected area, a novel maximum entropy approach is used for estimation. It is found that households respond to forest scarcity and increased fuelwood collection time by substituting fuels from private sources for forest fuelwood. However, the magnitude of the response appears insufficient to prevent current fuelwood collection practices from causing serious forest degradation.

Suggested Citation

Arndt, Channing and Heltberg, Rasmus, Fuelwood Consumption and Forest Degradation: A Household Model for Domestic Energy Substitution in Rural India (2000). Land Economics 76(2). DOI: 10.2307/3147225, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2530651

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Rasmus Heltberg

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics ( email )

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