Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

CERE Working Papers,
CERE - the Center for Environmental and Resource Economics

No 2019:1: Planning on a wider scale – Swedish forest owners’ preferences for landscape policy attributes

Göran Bostedt (), Astrid Zabel and Hans Ekvall
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Göran Bostedt: CERE - the Center for Environmental and Resource Economics
Astrid Zabel: School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences, Bern University of Applied Sciences
Hans Ekvall: Department of Forest Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

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-codes: Q23; Q28; Q51; Q58

35 pages, January 28, 2019

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