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    • Local socioeconomic impacts of Brazilian Hydroelectric Power Plants 

      Assunção, Juliano; Costa, Francisco; Szerman, Dimitri
      2017
      This paper estimates the short- and medium-run effects of the construction of large hydroelectric power plants (HPPs) on the economic development of Brazilian municipalities. We use the synthetic control method to perform ...
    • Power plants and deforestation: recent evidence from the Amazon 

      Assunção, Juliano; Costa, Francisco; Szerman, Dimitri
      2017
      This paper estimates the impacts of the construction of the new HPPs built in the Brazilian Amazon between 2003 and 2011 on local deforestation patterns. We assemble a comprehensive geo-referenced dataset combining dams’ ...
    • National borders and conservation: evidence from the Amazon 

      Burgess, Robin; Costa, Francisco Junqueira Moreira da; Olken, Benjamin A.
      2017
      Tropical deforestation is one of the major drivers of climate change. Much of this loss is due to illegal logging. Unlike forests in the Congo basin and South-East Asia, the world’s largest tropical forest - the Amazon - ...