Precolonial institutions and deforestation in Africa

Land Use Policy Vol/Iss. 51(2016) Elsevier Published In Pages: 150-161
By Larcom, Shaun, van Gevelt, Terry, Zabala, Aiora


Areas where leaders were appointed by democratic election in precolonial times are now more likely to have more deforestation than those with hereditary succession.


Controls: Current institutions, population density, geographic controls, economic development controls, forest stock controls, country fixed effects (n=273)


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
OLSPartially Supportedp<0.100.535UNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
DeforestationDependentLand Use, Lumbering
Succession systemIndependentCommunity Heads