Deforestation and Non-Sustainable Wood Production

Murdoch University Working Paper No. 152

Posted: 26 Aug 1999

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Herb Thompson

Murdoch University - Economics Department

Date Written: July 1996


Tropical deforestation continues apace in Indonesia. The engendering of wood products is carried out in a most inefficient manner to collect significant economic rents from logging. These facts are largely a function of policy formulation that began in 1969 under the 'New Order regime'. "Sustainability", with reference to tropical rainforests, is non-existent by any definition, whether biological, economic, environmental or ecological. There is little the international community can do until the Indonesian people decide to force changes in forest policy in order to increase the national welfare. Only when this is accomplished, can the more important debate begin, on a world scale, as to the 'real' value of tropical rainforests.

JEL Classification: L73, Q23, Q28

Suggested Citation

Thompson, Herb, Deforestation and Non-Sustainable Wood Production (July 1996). Murdoch University Working Paper No. 152, Available at SSRN:

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