FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2002 .091

A Game Model of People's Participation in Forest Management in Northern India


Authors: Wietze Lise
Series: Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Editor: Carlo Carraro
Type: Journal
Keywords: Game estimation; repeated games; people's participation; forest management; rural India
JEL n.: C72,Q20
JEL: Environment and Development Economics
Pages: 10(2):217-240
Date: 2005

Abstract

People have a marginal role in managing forests located in the vicinity of their villages inNorthern India. This situation is scrutinised in this paper by studying strategic play of forestusers. Thereto, a 1 versus n−1 game of people's participation in forest management is estimatedfor three institutional and historical distinct cases at the state and village level. Critical discount factors are derived to verify whether incentives exist for villagers to mutual participate in managing commonly used forests. This paper find such incentives in varying degrees for games at the state level and for games in 28 of the considered 32 villages.

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