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Revista de Economia e Sociologia Rural

Print version ISSN 0103-2003On-line version ISSN 1806-9479

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FERREIRA, Marcelo Dias Paes  and  COELHO, Alexandre Bragança. Desmatamento Recente nos Estados da Amazônia Legal: uma análise da contribuição dos preços agrícolas e das políticas governamentais. Rev. Econ. Sociol. Rural [online]. 2015, vol.53, n.1, pp.91-108. ISSN 1806-9479.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1234-56781806-9479005301005.

This paper aimed to analyze the relationship between agricultural prices and government policies related to deforestation within the states of Brazilian Legal Amazon, from 1999 to 2011. We utilized data at state level in a panel data model and a method to measure the net effect of policies over deforestation. Results point out that deforestation in the Brazilian Legal Amazon is more correlated with agricultural prices than government spending on farm credit, agriculture and transportation. Despite this correlation, new command and control policies focused on areas where deforestation were more likely to happen were successful, mainly in Mato Grosso State. Finally, we conclude that deforestation is associated with both groups of variables, agriculture prices and policies.

Keywords : Deforestation; soybean prices; cattle prices; government spending..

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