Voluntary environmental action and export destinations: the case of forest certification

E. Moeltner, G.C. van Kooten

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There is an increasing tendency for forest product firms worldwide to adopt sound environmental management practices by voluntarily agreeing to have their forest practices certified by third parties. Using a simple model of profit maximization, we illustrate that the puzzling emergence of this non-state, self-imposed governance structure is compatible with firms' profit motives. An empirical model using firm data from three countries shows firm location and export destinations play a key role in firms' decisions to seek certification, while the nature of forestland ownership has no significant impact on certification decisions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-315
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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