In today’s CCI lunchtime seminar Andreas Kontoleon (Professor of Environmental Economics and Public Policy, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge) talked about a CCI collaborative project he has been involved in, which used a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to evaluate the impact of unconditional livelihood payments to local communities on land use outside a protected area (the Gola Forest, a biodiversity hotspot on the border of Sierra Leone and Liberia).
The outcomes of the research have been published in a working paper and journal articles.
Bulte, E., Kontoleon, A., List, J., Turley, T., & Voors, M. (2012). When Economics Meets Hierarchy : A Field Experiment on the Workings of the Invisible Hand. [Working Paper] Retrieved from http://www.conservation.cam.ac.uk/resource/working-papers-and-reports/when-economics-meets-hierarchy-field-experiment-workings
Bulte, E., Kontoleon, A., List, J., Turley, T., & Voors, M. (2017). From personalized exchange towards anonymous trade: A field experiment on the workings of the invisible hand. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 133, 313–330. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2016.10.014
Voors, M., Bulte, E., Kontoleon, A., List, J. A., & Turley, T. (2011). Using Artefactual Field Experiments to Learn about the Incentives for Sustainable Forest Use in Developing Economies. American Economic Review, 101(3), 329–333. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.101.3.329
Voors, M., Turley, T., Kontoleon, A., Bulte, E., & List, J. A. (2012). Exploring whether behavior in context-free experiments is predictive of behavior in the field: Evidence from lab and field experiments in rural Sierra Leone. Economics Letters, 114(3), 308–311. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2011.10.016
If you would like to read further on the topic, here is a select list of related articles. Please feel free to recommend other references in the comments below.
Alix-Garcia, J. M., Shapiro, E. N., & Sims, K. R. E. (2012). Forest Conservation and Slippage: Evidence from Mexico’s National Payments for Ecosystem Services Program. Land Economics, 88(4), 613–638. https://doi.org/10.3368/le.88.4.613
Handberg, Ø. N., & Angelsen, A. (2015). Experimental tests of tropical forest conservation measures. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 118, 346–359. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2015.03.007
Honey-Rosés, J., Baylis, K., & Ramírez, M. I. (2011). A Spatially Explicit Estimate of Avoided Forest Loss. Conservation Biology, 25(5), 1032–1043. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1523-1739.2011.01729.x
Le Velly, G., & Dutilly, C. (2016). Evaluating Payments for Environmental Services: Methodological Challenges. PLOS ONE, 11(2), e0149374. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0149374
Reutemann, T., Engel, S., & Pareja, E. (2016). How (not) to pay — Field experimental evidence on the design of REDD+ payments. Ecological Economics, 129, 220–229. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.05.020
Scullion, J., Thomas, C. W., Vogt, K. A., Pérez-Maqueo, O., & Logsdon, M. G. (2011). Evaluating the environmental impact of payments for ecosystem services in Coatepec (Mexico) using remote sensing and on-site interviews. Environmental Conservation, 38(4), 426–434. https://doi.org/10.1017/S037689291100052X
Sierra, R., & Russman, E. (2006). On the efficiency of environmental service payments: A forest conservation assessment in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. Ecological Economics, 59(1), 131–141. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2005.10.010
Van Hecken, G., Bastiaensen, J., & Huybrechs, F. (2015). What’s in a name? Epistemic perspectives and Payments for Ecosystem Services policies in Nicaragua. Geoforum, 63, 55–66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2015.05.020