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Integrating Efficiency and Equality Considerations in the Evaluation of Public Policies: The Case of an Afforestation Programme in Poland


  • Tonatiuh Nájera

    () (Tecnológico de Monterrey)

  • Adam Kaliszewski

    (Forest Research Institute)

  • Pere Riera

    (Autonomous University of Barcelona)


From an economics perspective, forest policy can be evaluated not only with an efficiency criterion, but also with a distributional perspective. An instrument that can combine both approaches -the efficiency and the distribution – in a cost-benefit analysis is presented. The traditional social cost benefit matrix is extended with a matrix to show changes in the distribution of income in the population. A third matrix is also included, which combines efficiency and distributional estimators in an abbreviated social welfare functions manner. The procedure is applied to the Polish Program of afforestation of agricultural lands in the 1990s. We study afforestation financed with national public funds on lands of both public and private ownership. The results show improvements in both the income distribution and the social welfare due to the afforestation program

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  • Tonatiuh Nájera & Adam Kaliszewski & Pere Riera, 2007. "Integrating Efficiency and Equality Considerations in the Evaluation of Public Policies: The Case of an Afforestation Programme in Poland," Revista de Administración, Finanzas y Economía (Journal of Management, Finance and Economics), Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Ciudad de México, vol. 1(1), pages 45-55.
  • Handle: RePEc:ega:rafega:200703

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    Redistributive Effects; Project Evaluation; Forestry;

    JEL classification:

    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • H43 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Project Evaluation; Social Discount Rate
    • Q23 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Forestry


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