Production Efficiency and Productivity Growth in Norwegian Sawmilling

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Production efficiency of Norwegian sawmilling was examined using Data Envelopment Analysis. The analysis was carried out on an extensive panel data set, including about 200 sawmills during the period 1974 to 1991. Productivity growth throughout the period was investigated using the Malmquist productivity index. The results indicate that approximately 30% of the sawmills were producing efficiently when assuming constant returns to scale. Estimated production growth approximated 1% per year. FOR. SCI. 49(1):89–97.

Keywords: Distance function; catching-up effect; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; frontier-shift effect; natural resource management; natural resources; scale efficiency; technical efficiency

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Department of Forest Sciences, Agricultural University of Norway, P.O. Box 5044 Norway, NO-1430 Aas, Phone: + 47 6494 8880; Fax: + 47 6494 8890 anders.qvale.nyrud@isf.nlh.no 2: Phone: + 47 6494 8880 sjur.baardsen@isf.nlh.no

Publication date: February 1, 2003

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