Efficiency and equity of forest policies: A graphic analysis using the partial equilibrium framework

Pere Riera, Leticia Aranda, Robert Mavsar

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Abstract

The paper examines efficiency and equity implications of three types of forest policies -forest subsidies, forest certification, and command and control measures-, using some Spanish data. First, the three types of forest policies are analyzed for efficiency; the winners and the losers are identified and the net welfare for the society as a whole is examined. Next, the analysis is undertaken in income distributional terms; the distributional implications for the Spanish society are examined using a Lorenz curve. The results depend largely on the assumptions. In general, subsidies seem to provide greater welfare improvements than the other two policies, being command and control measures the most questionable. The income distribution analysis yields less clear results, although it shows the circumstances under which each policy would result in a more equal income distribution. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)852-861
JournalForest Policy and Economics
Volume9
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2007

Keywords

  • Command and control measures
  • Efficiency
  • Equity
  • Forest certification
  • Forest policy
  • Subvention

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