Planning On a Wider Scale – Swedish Forest Owners’ Preferences for Landscape Policy Attributes
CERE Working Paper, 2019:1
36 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2019
Date Written: January 28, 2019
A tax-fund system has been proposed to advance Swedish forest conservation. We present a choice experiment with Swedish private forest owners on preferences for attributes of a tax-fund system. Focusing on three aspects: (i) freedom to choose set-asides, (ii) equity issues, and (iii) frequency of nature inventories, we find two groups of forest owners. The first is opposed to interventions that could curtail liberty and oppose frequent nature inventories, while a smaller group would derive positive utility from joint decision-making. A tax-fund system would need to be designed in a participatory manner to reconcile forest owners, forest industry, and conservationists.
Keywords: Choice Experiments, Biodiversity, Boreal Forest, Landscape Planning, Sweden
JEL Classification: Q23, Q28, Q51, Q58
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