Amazonian Deforestation and the Structure of Households

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Director: Leah VanWey
Research Theme: Environmental Resources and Population Wellbeing
Location: Federative Republic of Brazil
Funding: NICHD

This 15-year project with Emilio Moran looks at how households manage forest resources in Brazil. The project studies the relationships between demographic change, land-use change and agricultural development in three sites in the Brazilian Amazon. Central to her work is the question of how the changing availability of family labor affects the extent to which farmers clear existing forestland. Recent work suggests that the process of learning and specialization in different activities also helps to explain the variation and timing of land acquisition and forest clearing.