Do China’s Environmental Gains at Home Fuel Forest Loss Abroad?: A Cross-National Analysis


  • John M Shandra State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Michael Restivo State University of New York at Geneseo
  • Jamie M Sommer Stockholm University



China, Ecologically unequal exchange, Forest loss


The theory and empirical research on ecologically unequal exchange serves as the starting point for this study. We expand the research frontier it in a novel way by applying the theory to China and empirically testing if forestry export flows from low-and middle-income nations to China  are related to increased forest loss in the exporting nations. In doing so, we analyze data for 75 low-and middle-income nations using ordinary least squares regression and find support for our main hypothesis.

Author Biographies

John M Shandra, State University of New York at Stony Brook

John M. Shandra, Department of Sociology, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Michael Restivo, State University of New York at Geneseo

Michael Restivo is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the StateUniversity of New York at Geneseo.

Jamie M Sommer, Stockholm University

Jamie M. Sommer is a postdoctoral researcher in theDepartment of Political Science at Stockholm University.


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How to Cite

Shandra, J. M., Restivo, M., & Sommer, J. M. (2019). Do China’s Environmental Gains at Home Fuel Forest Loss Abroad?: A Cross-National Analysis. Journal of World-Systems Research, 25(1), 83–110.