Journal of Forest Economics > Vol 14 > Issue 4

Revitalized? An event study of forest policy reform in British Columbia

Kurt Niquidet, , kurt.niquidet@canterbury.ac.nz
 
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Kurt Niquidet (2008), "Revitalized? An event study of forest policy reform in British Columbia", Journal of Forest Economics: Vol. 14: No. 4, pp 227-241. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfe.2007.10.001

Published: 0/11/2008
© 0 2008 Kurt Niquidet
 
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JEL Codes:G14Q23
British ColumbiaEvent studyForest tenure
 

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In this article:
Introduction
Background
Event study methodology
Data
Results
Discussion
Conclusion

Abstract

In response to the restricted market access and declining global competitiveness facing its domestic forest industry, the British Columbian government embarked on an ambitious plan of policy reform in 2003 termed the Forestry Revitalization Plan (FRP). Forest tenure was reallocated, regulations governing the structure of the industry were relaxed and the administered stumpage system was made more market-based. Using daily returns data on 13 publicly traded forest companies that operate in the province, the impact of the FRP was analyzed using event study techniques. Results show that the announcement of the FRP generated significant negative abnormal returns for several firms. These results appear to be due to the loss of forest tenure and highlight the difficulties associated with changing property rights to forest resources in Canada.

DOI:10.1016/j.jfe.2007.10.001