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Efficiency and Merger Gains in the Danish Forestry Extension Service

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In Denmark, many small-scale forest owners are affiliated to local district offices of The Danish Forestry Extension Service. In this article, the efficiency of the different offices is evaluated using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA). Furthermore, recent theoretical developments in DEA are used to assess the gains from a number of potential mergers and to decompose these gains into those from technological improvements, harmony effects, and scale effects. The results show that inefficiency is widespread and may in some cases be improved through mergers due to potential harmony gains and scale returns. However, the dominant part of the inefficiency is technical, and this suggests that improved learning and sharing of know-how or key resources across offices may improve efficiency. For. Sci. 49(4):585–595.

Keywords: Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA); efficiency; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; reorganization

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Professor Department of Economics and Natural Resources, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Rolighedsvej 25, Frederiksberg, Denmark, DK-1958, Phone: +45 35 28 22 95 2: Research Director Danish Forest and Landscape Research Institute, Hoersholm Kongevej 11, Hoersholm, Denmark, DK-2970, Phone: +45 45 76 32 00; Fax: +45 45 76 32 33 3: Associate Professor Department of Economics and Natural Resources, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Rolighedsvej 23, Frederiksberg, Denmark, DK-1958, Phone: +45 35 28 22 35; Fax: +45 35 28 26 71

Publication date: 2003-08-01

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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
    Ranking: 16 of 66 in forestry

    Also published by SAF:
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