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Investigating the Impact of Social Networks on Household Forest Conservation Effort in Rural Nepal

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Investigating the Impact of Social Networks on Household Forest Conservation Effort in Rural Nepal

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dc.contributor.author Nepal, Mani en_US
dc.contributor.author Bohara, Alok K. en_US
dc.contributor.author Berrens, Robert P. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2006-03-11T03:22:21Z
dc.date.available 2006-03-11T03:22:21Z
dc.date.copyright 2005-07-08
dc.date.issued 2005-07-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/452
dc.description.abstract The objective of this paper is to investigate links between the strength and type of social networks, as a collective or community characteristic, and private forest conservation activity in rural Nepal. Using rural household data from the Nepal Living Standards Survey, this paper tests the effects of alternative social network (SN) indices on the number of trees planted on private land. To handle excess zeros and overdispersion in the data, we use the zero-inflated negative binomial (ZINB) model, while testing and correcting for endogeneity in the SN indices. Findings are consistent with the theory that social networks, such as community forest user groups, can have positive effects not just on community forest management but also spillovers or externality effects that enhance private conservation effort. This generalization requires careful qualification. Social networks directly related to conservation activities increase tree planting on private land. Whereas, social networks not related to conservation activities exhibit rivalry. While there has been considerable discussion in the planning and development literature about building and enhancing social networks, the policy implication is that not all social networks are created equal when it comes to enhancing critical conservation activities. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Nepal Study Center, University of New Mexico, USA en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries NSC Working Paper Series;No. 1, 2005 en_US
dc.subject Count data models en_US
dc.subject Forest conservation en_US
dc.subject Household survey en_US
dc.subject Nepal en_US
dc.subject Social networks en_US
dc.title Investigating the Impact of Social Networks on Household Forest Conservation Effort in Rural Nepal en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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