Poverty and Employment in Forest-Dependent Counties


Chirstopher Costello, Louise Fortmann, Peter Berck, Sandra Hoffman


employment base-multiplier effects, forest policy, old-growth, poverty reduction, state level poverty alleviation, vector autoregressive analysis


Forest Science

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Policy Summary

This study consideres the fundamental question for forest-dependent areas: whether federal and state policies aimed at protecting old-growth ecosystems will result in local economic stagnation and enduring pockets of poverty. It finds that employment base-multiplier effects of timber employment on other county employment are small and state economic conditions rather than local employment conditions are the principal driver behind local poverty. This suggests that policy that is effective at alleviating poverty at a state level may be more effective in reducing poverty in local areas than a policy targeted at increasing local industry-related employment.

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