Economics ETDs

Author

Jeff Felardo

Publication Date

9-5-2013

Abstract

Optimal forest management strategies are needed to maximize welfare for both local and global forest users. This research will focus on spatial and temporal components within the framework of forest management policy. Particularly, payment for ecosystem services (PES) programs and their effect on forest management are considered. This research provides analysis of survey data, a theoretical forest management model, and of large GIS datasets. This dissertation demonstrates how to incorporate spatial and temporal components into the study of how a PES program could be implemented in Kam Cha i, Thailand. The results from the survey analysis demonstrate mixed attitudes towards a PES program. The results from the theoretical model and GIS analysis demonstrate the potential gains to be made from implementing a PES program.

Degree Name

Economics

Level of Degree

Doctoral

Department Name

Department of Economics

First Advisor

Chermak, Janie

First Committee Member (Chair)

Berrens, Robert

Second Committee Member

Wang, Jingjing

Third Committee Member

Lippitt, Chris

Language

English

Keywords

forest, thailand, economics, pes, environment

Document Type

Dissertation

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