Abstract

This paper explores the link between social trust and deforestation, using data for more than 90 countries, over the period 1990 – 2015. Our results offer novel evidence that social trust at a national level is positively linked with per capita forest cover change. This study finds that when trust increases by 1 standard deviation, the reforestation rate increases by approximately 0.32 percentage points. This effect is robust for a rich set of control variables and alternative estimation methods.