Journal article

Forest plantation development, poverty, and inequality in Laos: A dynamic CGE microsimulation analysis

Somvang Phimmavong, Rodney J Keenan



Lao People's Democratic Republic (hereafter Lao PDR or Laos) has implemented policies to expand plantations on the basis of their contribution to economic development, improvement of local livelihoods, poverty alleviation, developing linkages between the processing industry and smallholder growers, and improving environmental outcomes. Despite the significant inflow in foreign investment in forest plantations, few studies have attempted to analyse the contribution of foreign investment to income distribution and poverty. This paper uses a top-down macro-micro economic modelling framework to assess the impacts of plantation development policies on poverty and inequality in Laos. The results r..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and S.F. Pond Trust from University of Melbourne, Australia for providing funding undertaking this research. The authors are particularly indebted to Dr. Nicolas Herault at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research and Economic Policy Analysis (ECOPA), Prof. Emeritus Ian Ferguson and A/Prof. Barbara Ozarska at the Department of Forest and Ecosystem Science, the University of Melbourne. They have made themselves available, given invaluable advice, constructive criticisms, and suggestions, and have been very kind through my PhD study.