The late Sören Wibe, professor of forest economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, found a lacking of professional journals that focused on forest economics. He therefore took matters into is own hands and founded the Journal of Forest Economics in 1995. More than 300 papers have been published between 1995 and 2011 and the citations are more than five per paper. The average paper has roughly 1.5 authors and the journal has a steadily increasing impact factor.
The journal covers all aspects of forest economics, and publishes scientific papers in the following subject areas:
- forest management problems: economics of silviculture, forest regulation and operational activities, managerial economics;
- forest industry analysis: economics of processing, industrial organization problems, demand and supply analysis, technological change, international trade with forest products;
- multiple use of forests: valuation of non-marketed goods and services, cost-benefit analysis of environment and timber production, external effects of forestry and forest industries;
- forest policy analysis: market and intervention failures, regulation of forest management, ownership, taxation;
- forestry and economic development: deforestation and land use problem, national resource accounting, contribution to national and regional income and employment.
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