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Rates of Return: Internal or Composite?

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The composite rate of return is apparently joining the more familiar internal rate of return as a measure of economic efficiency. Some analysts suggest that the composite rate replace the internal rate. Others are proceeding as if the replacement has already been approved. It would be an economic tragedy if this were allowed to happen. The composite rate is an erroneous measure that can easily lead to confusing or even absurd conclusions. The internal rate of return is the only valid, single-investment rate of return measure. Because it can now be easily calculated with any computer and many hand-held calculators, the internal rate of return should become a standard analytical measure for all forestry investments.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Program Development Forester, State and Private Forestry, USDA Forest Service, Southern Region, Atlanta, Georgia 30367

Publication date: 1983-10-01

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