|Title||Monitoring and Managing Forest Resources in Liberia|
|C1 Background and Explanation of Rationale||
This experiment is part of the EGAP metaketa on natural resource governance, examining the effects of community monitoring as a tool to promote efficient and sustainable natural resource use. In our case, we examine the effects of monitoring on the use of community forests in rural Liberia.
|C2 What are the hypotheses to be tested?||
As noted in the pre-analysis plan, our hypotheses concern the effects of community monitoring (CM) and are as follows:
|C3 How will these hypotheses be tested? *||
We will test these hypotheses with two-sided significance tests on treatment effect estimates from regressions that adjust for randomization stratum (in our case district) fixed effects, and that weight by the inverse of treatment assignment. The weighting accounts for the fact that we use a restricted randomization that imposes a covariate balance constraint on the treatment assignment. The covariates that we balanced in this restricted randomization include population density, nightlight emissions, elevation, average annual precipitation, average temperature, previous forest loss, distance from Monrovia, and distance from a primary road.
|C5 Scale (# of Units)||120|
|C6 Was a power analysis conducted prior to data collection?||Yes|
|C7 Has this research received Insitutional Review Board (IRB) or ethics committee approval?||Yes|
|C8 IRB Number||NYU UCAIHS #IRBFY2017912|
|C9 Date of IRB Approval||9/1/2017|
|C10 Will the intervention be implemented by the researcher or a third party?||Parley Liberia|
|C11 Did any of the research team receive remuneration from the implementing agency for taking part in this research?||No|
|C12 If relevant, is there an advance agreement with the implementation group that all results can be published?||Yes|
|C13 JEL Classification(s)||Q23, Q57, P48|