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Burgess, Robin

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Works: 8 works in 31 publications in 1 language and 150 library holdings
Classifications: HC411, 305.42
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Publications by Robin Burgess
Most widely held works by Robin Burgess
Modernization and son preference in People's Republic of China by Robin Burgess( Book )
7 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 99 libraries worldwide
Do rural banks matter? : evidence from the Indian social banking experiment by Robin Burgess( Book )
9 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 28 libraries worldwide
The political economy of deforestation in the tropics by Robin Burgess( Book )
9 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 16 libraries worldwide
Tropical deforestation accounts for almost one-fifth of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and threatens the world's most diverse ecosystems. The prevalence of illegal forest extraction in the tropics suggests that understanding the incentives of local bureaucrats and politicians who enforce forest policy may be critical to understanding tropical deforestation. We find support for this thesis using a novel satellite-based dataset that tracks annual changes in forest cover across eight years of institutional change in post-Soeharto Indonesia. Increases in the numbers of political jurisdictions are associated with increased deforestation and with lower prices in local wood markets, consistent with a model of Cournot competition between jurisdictions. Illegal logging increases dramatically in the years leading up to local elections, suggesting the presence of "political logging cycles". And, illegal logging and rents from unevenly distributed oil and gas revenues are short run substitutes, but this effect dissapears over time as political turnover occurs. The results illustrate how incentives faced by local government officials affect deforestation, and provide an example of how standard economic theories can explain illegal behavior -- National Bureau of Economic Research web site
The value of democracy evidence from road building in Kenya by Robin Burgess( Book )
2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
Ethnic favoritism is seen as antithetical to development. This paper provides credible quantification of the extent of ethnic favoritism using data on road building in Kenyan districts across the 1963-2011 period. Guided by a model it then examines whether the transition in and out of democracy under the same president constrains or exacerbates ethnic favoritism. Across the 1963 to 2011 period, we find strong evidence of ethnic favoritism: districts that share the ethnicity of the president receive twice as much expenditure on roads and have four times the length of paved roads built. This favoritism disappears during periods of democracy
The political economy of deforestation in the tropics by Robin Burgess( Archival Material )
1 edition published in 2010 in Undetermined and held by 1 library worldwide
Logging of tropical forests accounts for almost one-fifth of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and threatens some of the worlds most diverse ecosystems. This paper demonstrates that local-level political economy substantially affects the rate of tropical deforestation in Indonesia. Using a novel MODIS satellite-based dataset that tracks annual changes in forest cover over an 8-year period, we find three main results. First, we show that increasing numbers of political jurisdictions leads to increased deforestation. This effect, particularly for illegal logging, is consistent with a model of Cournot competition between jurisdictions determining how much wood to extract from their forests. Second, we demonstrate the existence of political logging cycles," where illegal logging increases dramatically in the years leading up to local elections. Third, we show that, for local government o¢ cials, logging and other sources of rents are short-run substitutes, but that this affect disappears over time as the political equilibrium shifts. The results document how local political economy forces lead to substantial deviations from optimal logging practices and demonstrate how the economics of corruption can drive natural resource extraction
Modernization and son preference in People''s Republic of China by Robin Burgess( Archival Material )
1 edition published in 2002 in Undetermined and held by 1 library worldwide
Modernization and son preference in People''s Republic of China by Robin Burgess( Archival Material )
1 edition published in 2002 in Undetermined and held by 1 library worldwide
The political economy of deforestation in the tropics by Robin Burgess( Archival Material )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Logging of tropical forests accounts for almost one-fifth of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and threatens some of the worlds most diverse ecosystems. This paper demonstrates that local-level political economy substantially affects the rate of tropical deforestation in Indonesia. Using a novel MODIS satellite-based dataset that tracks annual changes in forest cover over an 8-year period, we find three main results. First, we show that increasing numbers of political jurisdictions leads to increased deforestation. This effect, particularly for illegal logging, is consistent with a model of Cournot competition between jurisdictions determining how much wood to extract from their forests. Second, we demonstrate the existence of political logging cycles," where illegal logging increases dramatically in the years leading up to local elections. Third, we show that, for local government o¢ cials, logging and other sources of rents are short-run substitutes, but that this affect disappears over time as the political equilibrium shifts. The results document how local political economy forces lead to substantial deviations from optimal logging practices and demonstrate how the economics of corruption can drive natural resource extraction
 
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