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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2020

The infinitely worried forest owner key biotopes and forest certification in a Faustmann model

Kriström, Bengt; Johansson, Per-Olov


In this note, we consider a case when a forestry property may lose its market value through "political risk", illustrated here by it being classified as containing a key biotope. If a key biotope is found on a forest property in Sweden, the wood is almost impossible to sell. We show how the Faustmann formula is modified in this case and identify a "balance sheet" effect and a shortened rotation period. The theory seems to have some empirical support, given observed changes in bank lending contracts and alleged changes in forester's behavior to reduce the "political risk".

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Journal of Forest Economics
2020, volume: 35, number: 1, pages: 69-73

Authors' information

Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics (CERE)
Umeå University
Johansson, Per-Olov
Stockholm School of Economics
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Economics

UKÄ Subject classification

Forest Science

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