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Managing Tropical Forests: Reflections on the Rent Distribution Discussion


  • William F. Hyde
  • Roger A. Sedjo


Commercial forest extraction is one component of the tropical deforestation issue. Discussions about commercial extraction focus on choices among alternate rents and royalties. These discussions often confuse measures of short- and long-run efficiency and equate distributive issues with efficiency. They also overlook (1) potential lump sum charges, (2) administrative costs, and (3) previous public forestry agency experience. This paper develops a simple analytical construct for clarifying these issues and examines each in turn.

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  • William F. Hyde & Roger A. Sedjo, 1992. "Managing Tropical Forests: Reflections on the Rent Distribution Discussion," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 68(3), pages 343-350.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:68:y:1992:i:3:p:343-350

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    6. Vincent, Jeffrey R & Gillis, Malcolm, 1998. "Deforestation and Forest Land Use: A Comment," World Bank Research Observer, World Bank Group, vol. 13(1), pages 133-140, February.
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    8. Merry, Frank D. & Carter, Douglas R., 2001. "Factors affecting Bolivian mahogany exports with policy implications for the forest sector," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 2(3-4), pages 281-291, July.
    9. Robert Kohn, 1995. "Salvatore model with equiproportional preservation of forests," Open Economies Review, Springer, vol. 6(1), pages 63-79, January.
    10. Luckert, M.K. (Marty), 2007. "Property rights, forest rents, and trade: The case of US countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 9(6), pages 581-590, February.

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