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Measuring the Efficiency of Public Forestry Organizations

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The decreasing budgets of public forestry organizations have given rise to the present need to evaluate their efficiency and to find means to improve it. In this paper the efficiency of 19 state-funded, regional Forestry Boards is investigated using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA). In addition, the prime determinants of efficiency are examined using Tobit models. The results indicate a substantial variation in efficiency across Forestry Boards with a potential for input saving in the range of 20%. It seems that, of the controllable factors, management style and support are associated with efficiency. It appears also that applying DEA with Tobit models provides a useful two-stage approach to assess and explain efficiency differences among public forestry organizations. For. Sci. 44(2):298-307.

Keywords: DEA; Performance; Tobit model; evaluation

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Finnish Forest Research Institute, Unioninkatu 40 A, FIN-00170 Helsinki, Finland. Phone: +358-9-85705 745, Fax: +358-9-85705 717

Publication date: 1998-05-01

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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.
    Forest Science is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.702
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