Risk and uncertainty in forest resources decision making

Gregory S. Amacher, Richard J Brazee

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Abstract

Risk has been an important topic in forest economics since the early 1980s. This chapter will address problems of risk, although problems of pure uncertainty will be discussed as a future research area. We will survey the problems, models, and results from the literature, focusing more on how problems have been approached, the assumptions under which these problems have been studied, and the types of results that have been found. The discussion is separated into three parts. First, there are cases in which forest stands, once established, are subject to the arrival of natural or catastrophic natural events such as fire or disease that may occur before trees are harvested. Second are cases in which future market parameters are unknown and landowners must make land-use or forest management decisions in the present. And finally, we discuss key opportunities for future work regarding realistic situations and risks faced by forest landowners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Forest Resource Economics
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages309-321
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780203105290
ISBN (Print)9780415623247
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • Forest rotation
  • Landowner behavior
  • Risk and uncertainty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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    Amacher, G. S., & Brazee, R. J. (2014). Risk and uncertainty in forest resources decision making. In Handbook of Forest Resource Economics (pp. 309-321). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203105290