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Incidence of forest income on reduction of inequality: Evidence from forest dependent households in milieu of joint forest management.

This study assesses the changes in income inequality that result from the introduction of Joint Forest Management (JFM). The results show that income inequality decreases in households after JFM is introduced as a result of additional forest income. A high proportion of people's income source comes from forest income - this applies to JFM and non-JFM villages in the study site in West Bengal.