Killing the Golden Goose? Tourism and Deforestation in Nepal

25 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2005

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David Zetland

Leiden University - Leiden University College

Abstract

This paper analyzes economic forces in Nepal's tourism market. Market actors' utility maximization results in inefficient supply and demand outcomes and unsustainable ecotourism. This result is in direct contradiction to the stated goals of the actors, but predictable in the context of the tourism market structure. Proposed solutions include improved property rights and a change in government objectives.

Keywords: ecotourism, externalities, property rights, corruption, national parks, international aid, Nepal

JEL Classification: D23, D45, D73

Suggested Citation

Zetland, David, Killing the Golden Goose? Tourism and Deforestation in Nepal. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=668741 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.668741

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