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Determinants of Private Afforestation in the Republic of Ireland

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  • Siobhan McCarthy
  • Alan Matthews
  • Brendan Riordan

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This paper employs a panel regression analysis using county-level data to quantify the relative importance of competing forestry and agricultural policy incentives in explaining trends in private afforestation in Ireland. It concludes that an increase in the level of up front payments to planters is the most cost efficient way of increasing planting levels. The introduction of the Irish agri-environment programme REPS has contributed to a significant decline in the level of forestry planting and offset the recent increases in the level of forestry grants and premia. Several policy reforms to encourage forestry planting in Ireland are proposed, including greater integration of forestry with the REPS scheme and increasing the value of the initial payment which farmers receive.

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Paper provided by Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics in its series Trinity Economics Papers with number 20023.

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Date of creation: 2002
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Handle: RePEc:tcd:tcduee:20023

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  1. James Breen & Darragh Clancy & Mary Ryan & M. Wallace, 2010. "Can’t See the Wood for the Trees: The Returns to Farm Forestry in Ireland," Working Papers 1003, Rural Economy and Development Programme,Teagasc.
  2. Maurice Roche & JASMINA BEHAN, & KIERAN MCQUINN, 2003. "Trees Or Trotters?," Economics, Finance and Accounting Department Working Paper Series n1301003, Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland - Maynooth.
  3. Hyytiainen, Kari & Leppanen, J. & Pahkasalo, T., 2008. "Economic analysis of field afforestation and forest clearance for cultivation in Finland," 2008 International Congress, August 26-29, 2008, Ghent, Belgium 44178, European Association of Agricultural Economists.

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