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Estimating the Imperfection in Sawtimber markets: a case study for the South Pacific Region, Colombia

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  • Sandra Rodríuez Piñeros

    () (Oklahoma State University)

  • David K. Lewis

    () (Oklahoma State University)

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This paper estimates the degree and nature of imperfections in the timber markets for the South Pacific Region of Colombia. These markets are described under the structure/conduct/performance paradigm. An econometric analysis was undertaken to estimate the degree of imperfection. Market structures indicate high levels of seller concentration. These are result of barriers to entry associated with: knowledge and capital requirements; deficiencies in the banking system; vertical integration of participants;available transportation; and other institutional constraints. These imperfections create inequalities in the distribution of income, unemployment and regional poverty. As a consequence the timber industry's contribution to socioeconomic progress is limited and produces a negative impact on the conservation of forestecosystems.

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  • Sandra Rodríuez Piñeros & David K. Lewis, 2005. "Estimating the Imperfection in Sawtimber markets: a case study for the South Pacific Region, Colombia," Lecturas de Economía, Universidad de Antioquia, Departamento de Economía, issue 63, pages 231-260, Julio-Dic.
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    Keywords

    Industrial organization; imperfect markets; oligopoly; Lerner index; timber markets;

    JEL classification:

    • L0 - Industrial Organization - - General
    • D0 - Microeconomics - - General
    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection

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