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Econometric analysis of social interactions in the production decisions of private forest owners


  • Serge Garcia

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

  • Eric N. Kéré

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

  • Anne Stenger

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


This article analyses private forest owners' timber supply, taking individual and regional determinants into account, and investigates whether the drivers of forest owners' behaviour differ within and between these different levels, due to peer effects. From a unique database of French private forest owners from a survey carried out in 1999, harvest decision and harvesting intensity are simultaneously estimated by a multilevel selection model. It allows us to identify social interactions: endogenous, contextual and correlated effects. Results show that forest owners with the same characteristics may behave differently, depending on the dynamism of the timber sector and the forest environment.
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  • Serge Garcia & Eric N. Kéré & Anne Stenger, 2011. "Econometric analysis of social interactions in the production decisions of private forest owners," Working Papers - Cahiers du LEF 2011-04, Laboratoire d'Economie Forestiere, AgroParisTech-INRA.
  • Handle: RePEc:lef:wpaper:2011-04

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    1. Max, Wendy & Lehman, Dale E., 1988. "A behavioral model of timber supply," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 15(1), pages 71-86, March.
    2. Amemiya, Takeshi, 1984. "Tobit models: A survey," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 24(1-2), pages 3-61.
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    1. Eric Nazindigouba KERE & Jérôme FONCEL & Marielle BRUNETTE, 2014. "Attitude towards Risk and Production Decision: An Empirical analysis on French private forest owners," Working Papers 201410, CERDI.
    2. Sauter, Philipp A. & Mußhoff, Oliver & Möhring, Bernhard & Wilhelm, Stefan, 2016. "Faustmann vs. real options theory – An experimental investigation of foresters’ harvesting decisions," Journal of Forest Economics, Elsevier, vol. 24(C), pages 1-20.
    3. Petucco, Claudio & Abildtrup, Jens & Stenger, Anne, 2015. "Influences of nonindustrial private forest landowners’ management priorities on the timber harvest decision—A case study in France," Journal of Forest Economics, Elsevier, vol. 21(3), pages 152-166.

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    timber; endogenous effects; contextual effects; sample selection; multilevel model.;

    JEL classification:

    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • C34 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Truncated and Censored Models; Switching Regression Models
    • Q23 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Forestry


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