Transportation Specification in Forest Trade Models

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Computable spatial equilibrium models in the forestry literature are based on an analytic simplification of the transportation sector. This paper evaluates whether the usual transportation specification can cause biased economic estimates of trade policy actions implemented in forestry markets. The analysis reveals that estimates of tariff policy actions in fact can be sensitive to the transportation specification. This leads to some conclusions about the interpretation of economic estimates generated by spatial equilibrium forestry trade models. For. Sci. 37(1):284-295.

Keywords: Spatial equilibrium modeling; trade policy analysis

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington IN 47405

Publication date: March 1, 1991

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
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