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EEE Working Paper
The Origins and Control of Forest Fires in the Tropics
Clare Balboni, Robin Burgess and Benjamin Olken
Pigou (1920) pointed to "uncompensated damage done to surrounding woods by sparks from railway engines" as the canonical example of an environmental externality. We study a modern corollary - tropical forest fires used f...Read more...
19 March 2021
Retrofit to the Rescue: Environmental upgrading of multi-storey estates
Alice Belotti, Ellie Benton, Laura Lane and Anne Power
'Retrofit to the Rescue' looks at the ambitious refurbishment of Wilmcote House in Portsmouth for a new study on the social impact of retrofit works. In 2010 LSE Housing and Communities were asked to conduct interviews...Read more...
8 March 2019
Development Discussion Paper
The Political Economy of Deforestation in the Tropics
Robin Burgess, Matthew Hansen, Benjamin Olken, Peter Potapov and Stefanie Sieber
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 unde...Read more...
1 April 2012
Housing Futures: our homes and communities. A report for the Federation of Master Builders
Laura Lane and Anne Power
Forward by Ron Storer, President, Federation of Master Builders: The housing system is intrinsically linked to almost every major area of government policy from the economy and taxation to the environment and education. ...Read more...
Development Economics Paper
The Economics of Food
In this article I argue that, in contrast to what is implicitly assumed in many popular writings on food security in the future, the interface that connects the problems of population growth, poverty, environmental degra...Read more...