Séminaire "Economie de l'Environnement"
Foreign Demand, Soy Exports, and Deforestation
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We evaluate the credibility of demand-side policies to curb deforestation rates. Demand-side policies are considered important drivers of deforestation and soy demand. The academic literature
remains mostly silent regarding its potential impacts. We focus on the universe of soy, originating from Brazil, using disaggregated export and production data at the municipality – exporter – destination and year level (TRASE). We estimate whether changes in foreign demand are related to soy exports and soy-related deforestation. Then, we evaluate the role played by soy exporters’ networks and market structure in shaping this elasticity.
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