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Forests 2013, 4(4), 1158-1170; doi:10.3390/f4041158

Risks, Information and Short-Run Timber Supply

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Received: 8 October 2013 / Revised: 26 November 2013 / Accepted: 5 December 2013 / Published: 11 December 2013
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Efforts to increase wood mobilization have highlighted the need to appraise drivers of short-run timber supply. The current study aims to shed further light on harvesting decisions of private forest owners, by investigating optimal harvesting under uncertainty, when timber revenues are invested on financial markets and uncertainty is mitigated by news releases. By distinguishing between aggregate economic risk and sector specific risks, the model studies in great detail optimal harvesting-investment decisions, with particular emphasis on the non-trivial transmission of risk on optimal harvesting, and on the way private forest owners react to news and information. The analysis of the role played by information in harvesting decisions is a novelty in forest economic theory. The presented model is highly relevant from a policy—information is a commonly used forest policy instrument—as well as a practical perspective, since the mechanism of risk transmission is at the basis of timber pricing.
Keywords: wood mobilization; timber supply; decision; uncertainty; risk; information; portfolio; financial market wood mobilization; timber supply; decision; uncertainty; risk; information; portfolio; financial market
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Rinaldi, F.; Jonsson, R. Risks, Information and Short-Run Timber Supply. Forests 2013, 4, 1158-1170.

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