Benefit sharing among local resource users: the role of property rights

Torpey-Saboe, N., Andersson, K., Mwangi, E., Persha, L., Salk, C., & Wright, G. (2015). Benefit sharing among local resource users: the role of property rights. World Development 72 408-418. 10.1016/j.worlddev.2015.03.005.

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Skewed distributions of benefits from natural resources can fuel social exclusion and conflict, threatening sustainability. This paper analyzes how user-group property rights to harvest forest products affect the distribution of benefit from those products within user groups. We argue that groups with recognized harvesting rights share benefits more equally among group members than groups without such rights. We test this argument with data from 350 forest user groups in 14 developing countries. Our results suggest that securing harvesting rights for local user groups can contribute to more equal benefit sharing, especially in ethnically homogenous groups.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: forestry; governance; IFRI; inequality; institutions; REDD+
Research Programs: Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)
Bibliographic Reference: World Development; 72:408-418 (August 2015)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:53
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:39

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