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Hedging Strategies in Forest Management

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  • Marielle Brunette

    (BETA-REGLES, Université Nancy 2-CNRS)

  • Stephane Couture

    () (Laboratoire d'Economie Forestière, INRA - AgroParisTech)

  • Eric Langlais

    (UFR Administration Economique et Sociale, Université de Nancy)

Abstract

The paper focuses on the choice of forest management strategies for natural hazards by nonindustrial owners, when forest provides nontimber services. We introduce a basic two-period model where the private owner hedges against natural hazards on his/her forest thanks to financial strategies (accumulation of savings) or to the adoption of sylvicultural practices. We show that: 1/ the harvesting rule, in the presence of amenity services and a random growth rate for forest, is smaller than the one predicted under the Faustmann’s rule; 2/ savings and sylvicultural pratices may be seen as perfectly substitutable tools. However, our analysis predicts that, depending on whether forest owners opt for the financial strategy or undertake sylvicultural practices, the harvesting rule displays a specific sensitivity to price effects and/or changes in the distribution of natural hazards.

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  • Marielle Brunette & Stephane Couture & Eric Langlais, 2007. "Hedging Strategies in Forest Management," Working Papers - Cahiers du LEF 2007-07, Laboratoire d'Economie Forestiere, AgroParisTech-INRA.
  • Handle: RePEc:lef:wpaper:2007-07
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    Keywords

    Risk; Forest; Amenities; Savings and Sylvicultural practices;

    JEL classification:

    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • Q23 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Forestry
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming

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