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On the optimization of legislative periods — Similarities to the optimization of rotation periods


  • Kaiser, Robert
  • Bösch, Matthias
  • Moog, Martin


The optimal length of legislative periods has been debated extensively throughout history. This study examines the applicability of models known from forestry and forest economics for optimizing rotation periods (Faustmann formula) and deciding whether a forest stand has reached maturity (Pressler's ‘indicator percent’) to the field of politics. After drawing possible analogies between optimizing rotation periods (or investment cycles) and optimizing election periods it is investigated whether empirical evidence exists for the alleged analogies in European democracies.

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  • Kaiser, Robert & Bösch, Matthias & Moog, Martin, 2013. "On the optimization of legislative periods — Similarities to the optimization of rotation periods," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 27(C), pages 1-7.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:forpol:v:27:y:2013:i:c:p:1-7
    DOI: 10.1016/j.forpol.2012.10.006

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    2. Gong, Peichen & Löfgren, Karl-Gustaf, 2010. "Did Pressler fully understand how to use the indicator per cent?," Journal of Forest Economics, Elsevier, vol. 16(3), pages 195-203, August.
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