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A Ricardian Model of Forestry

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  • Silvia Faggian

    () (Department of Economics, University Of Venice Ca� Foscari, Italy)

  • Giuseppe Freni

    (Department of Business and Economics, University of Naples �Parthenope�, Naples, Italy.)

Abstract

This paper provides a continuous-time �Ricardian� model of forestry, where, in response to an increase in timber demand, forest cultivation is progressively intensified on the most fertile lands and/or extended to less fertile qualities of lands. It is shown that, at a given level of the rate of interest, a set of �break-through timber prices� gives the order of fertility (i.e., the order in which the different qualities of land are taken into cultivation) and that, for each land, prices of standing trees are positive above a �threshold timber price�. Since, for each land, the break-through price is higher than the threshold price, Ricardo is shown to be right: a higher demand for timber could simply raise those components of the landlord compensation which are not rent.

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  • Silvia Faggian & Giuseppe Freni, 2015. "A Ricardian Model of Forestry," Working Papers 2015:12, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari", revised 2015.
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    Keywords

    Vintage Capital; Ricardian extensive rent theory; Harvesting problems; Forest Management;

    JEL classification:

    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • C62 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Existence and Stability Conditions of Equilibrium
    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity
    • D90 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - General
    • Q23 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Forestry

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