Title page for ETD etd-10072005-094841
|Type of Document
||Household fuelwood production and consumption in the Nepal's tarai and mid-hills : an econometric analysis and its policy implications
||Master of Science
||Forest Management and Economics
|Amacher, Gregory S.
|Hyde, William F.
|Date of Defense
Forest and fuel wood are fundamental as sources of energy in almost all
developing economies. However there are a few empirical studies addressing
the issue of fuelwood production and consumption for rural households. In
this paper, household fuelwood use behavior is empirically assessed and
policy implications are drawn. with specific reference to Nepal's tarai and
mid-hills. Fuelwood production, supply and demand functions are estimated
using market, forest and access, and demographic variables characteristic of
each region. Both regional and district level supply and demand elasticities
are also estimated with respect to opportunity cost of labor, fuelwood price,
income, resource stock and access, and demographic variables. The results
suggest that rural households produce and consume fuelwood according to the
opportunity cost of their labor and market fuel wood prices.
Market( economic) variables such as fuel wood price and opportunity costs of
labor along with forest stock and its access can provide better insights for
assessing household responsiveness to forestry and related development
activities and for policy than mere resource stock size or its access.
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