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The Political Economy of Deforestation in the Tropics

Robin Burgess, Matthew Hansen, Benjamin A. Olken, Peter Potapov, Stefanie Sieber

NBER Working Paper No. 17417
Issued in September 2011

---- Acknowledgements -----

We thank Pranab Bardhan, Tim Besley, Mario Boccucci, Bronwen Burgess, Dave Donaldson, Frederico Finan, Amy Finkelstein, Andrew Foster, Michael Greenstone, Seema Jayachandran, Ted Miguel, Mushfiq Mobarak, Krystof Obidzinski, Subhrendu Pattanayak, Torsten Persson, Fred Stolle, Nico Voigtlaender and numerous seminar participants for helpful comments and suggestions. We thank Angela Kilby, Zejd Muhammad, Prani Sastiono, Mahvish Shaukat, and Nivedhitha Subramanian for excellent research assistance. We thank the LSE Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, the

Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the LSE for financial assistance, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Land Cover and Land Use Change and MEASURES programs under Grants NNG06GD95G and NNX08AP33A for financial support. The views expressed here are those of the authors only, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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