Deforestation and Development

Wednesday 13 August 2014
6.00 - 7.30pm

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CPC Auditorium, Charles Perkins Centre, the University of Sydney


Sydney Ideas Co-presented with the School of Economics, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Between 2000 and 2010, the earth lost just over 5 million hectares of forest per year, an area the size of Costa Rica. The vast majority of this loss took place in the tropics, while temperate countries largely experienced afforestation. This change in land use has significant implications for climate change and biodiversity, and the location of deforestation suggests important distributional tradeoffs between wealthy and poorer countries.

What drives land use change? What role does it have to play in the current conversation around global carbon emissions? Are there policies which can mitigate deforestation without hurting the poor? This talk will explore current research on the economics of land use change and policy innovations to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and degradation.

Professor Jennifer Alix-Garcia

Jennifer Alix-Garcia is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her research focuses broadly on interactions beween humans and land, and bridges the fields of development and environmental economics. She has worked on projects in Mexico, China, Sudan, Uganda, and Eastern Europe. Her publications have appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science (PNAS), the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Development Economics, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and the Journal of Economic Geography, among others. She is currently co-editor of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

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