Planning On a Wider Scale – Swedish Forest Owners’ Preferences for Landscape Policy Attributes

CERE Working Paper, 2019:1

36 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2019

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Göran Bostedt

CERE

Astrid Zabel

Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH)

Hans Ekvall

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) - Department of Forest Economics

CERE Center for Environmental and Resource Economics

CERE

Date Written: January 28, 2019

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Bostedt, Göran and Zabel, Astrid and Ekvall, Hans and Center for Environmental and Resource Economics, CERE, Planning On a Wider Scale – Swedish Forest Owners’ Preferences for Landscape Policy Attributes (January 28, 2019). CERE Working Paper, 2019:1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3324102 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3324102

Göran Bostedt

CERE ( email )

Almas Allé 10
Umeå, 750 07
Sweden

Astrid Zabel

Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) ( email )

Laenggasse 85
Zollikofen, BE 3052
Switzerland

Hans Ekvall

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) - Department of Forest Economics ( email )

S-901 83 Umea
Sweden

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