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Swedish non-industrial private forest owners – a survey of self-employment and equipment investments

Lindroos, Ola and Lidestav, Gun and Nordfjell, Tomas (2005). Swedish non-industrial private forest owners – a survey of self-employment and equipment investments. Small-scale Forest Economics, Management and Policy. 4:4, 409-425
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It has been estimated that Sweden's non-industrial private forest (NIPF) owners undertake a total of 12 M hours of self-employed forest work per year. This paper reports an evaluation of self-employment in Swedish NIPF in terms of the people and equipment involved. NIPF owners' self-employment was determined by a nationwide questionnaire survey. Complete equipment sales statistics were compiled from interviews with manufacturers and importers. About 66% of NIPF owners are undertaking self-employed forestry work. Pre-commercial thinning was the activity undertaken most frequently by them, followed by planting, cutting and extraction. In comparison to other NIPF owners, self-employed NIPF owners tend to be younger, and are more likely to be male, single owners, resident on their holdings, farmers and members of forest owner associations. Sales of new equipment suitable for self-employed individuals amounted to 67 M Euro, or 83,000 items. Based on sales numbers and the profile of self-employed NIPF owners, no major changes in the amount and nature of self-employment are expected in the near future.

Authors/Creators:Lindroos, Ola and Lidestav, Gun and Nordfjell, Tomas
Title:Swedish non-industrial private forest owners – a survey of self-employment and equipment investments
Series/Journal:Small-scale Forest Economics, Management and Policy
Year of publishing :December 2005
Volume:4
Number:4
Page range:409-425
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1447-1825
Language:English
Additional Information:This study was conducted as part of the FOR-programme, which aims at improving NIPF owners' working conditions, and was financed by the Facul-ty of Forest Sciences at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E12 Labour and employment
E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E80 Home economics, industries and crafts
J Handling, transport, storage and protection of agricultural products > J12 Handling, transport, storage and protection of forest products
K Forestry > K11 Forest engineering
Subjects:Obsolete subject words > FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING
Keywords:family forestry, private forestry, NIPF, forestry equipment, forestry machinery, sale statistics, questionnaire, owner characteristics
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-158
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-158
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1007/s11842-005-0025-6
ID Code:8222
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
Deposited By: Ola Lindroos
Deposited On:05 Jul 2011 12:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:46

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