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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2018

The impact of international efforts to reduce illegal logging on the global trade in wood products

Guan, Zhijie; Xu, Yan; Gong, Peichen; Cao, Jianhua


Illegal logging has become a global issue because of its adverse effects on biodiversity and climate change. In order to reduce illegal logging, many countries around the world have introduced regulations for the international trade of forest products. This paper examines the effects of these efforts on international trade of forest products. The analysis is conducted using the Heckscher-Ohlin-Vanek model, where the number of regulations against illegal logging is used to describe the level of efforts, and is included as an explanatory variable for national net export of forest products. The results show that efforts against illegal logging have had significant and positive impacts on the net export of forest products.


Illegal logging; regulations; international trade; wood products; Heckscher-Ohlin-Vanek model

Published in

International Wood Products Journal
2018, volume: 9, number: 1, pages: 28-38

Authors' information

Guan, Zhijie
Changzhou Univ
Xu, Yan
Changzhou Univ
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Economics
Cao, Jianhua
Shanghai Univ Finance and Econ

UKÄ Subject classification

Forest Science

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