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Spatial Spillover Effects of Pine Sawtimber Stumpage Prices in the US South

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Lamichhane, S; Mei, B; Siry, J
Published in: Forest Science
June 1, 2023

Timberland returns have three main drivers: biological growth, timber price, and land value. Among three of these drivers, timber price is the most volatile. Therefore, modeling and predicting timber prices has been of great concern for timberland investors and other stakeholders. In this study, the spatial dependency and spillover effect of sawtimber prices were investigated across 11 southern states with three different spatial panel models. The findings revealed a strong positive spatial dependency in sawtimber prices across these states, and the observed spillover effect for significant independent variables was over 35% of the total effect. Similarly, pulpwood prices not only have positive impact on the sawtimber prices of a given state but also on its contiguous states. In addition, the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on sawtimber prices was positive and significant. These results would facilitate the valuation of timberland investments as well as predict future timber prices. Study Implications: The sawtimber prices of one state positively affect the future sawtimber prices of neighboring states in addition to its own. Similarly, a shock in a given state also affects the sawtimber prices of its neighbors. Given the volatile nature of timber prices, gaining a better understanding of spatial integration of timber markets improves prediction of sawtimber price fluctuations and trends that ultimately help timberland investors to make effective decisions.

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Forest Science

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EISSN

1938-3738

ISSN

0015-749X

Publication Date

June 1, 2023

Volume

69

Issue

3

Start / End Page

230 / 240

Related Subject Headings

  • Forestry
  • 0705 Forestry Sciences
 

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Lamichhane, S., Mei, B., & Siry, J. (2023). Spatial Spillover Effects of Pine Sawtimber Stumpage Prices in the US South. Forest Science, 69(3), 230–240. https://doi.org/10.1093/forsci/fxac061
Lamichhane, S., B. Mei, and J. Siry. “Spatial Spillover Effects of Pine Sawtimber Stumpage Prices in the US South.” Forest Science 69, no. 3 (June 1, 2023): 230–40. https://doi.org/10.1093/forsci/fxac061.
Lamichhane S, Mei B, Siry J. Spatial Spillover Effects of Pine Sawtimber Stumpage Prices in the US South. Forest Science. 2023 Jun 1;69(3):230–40.
Lamichhane, S., et al. “Spatial Spillover Effects of Pine Sawtimber Stumpage Prices in the US South.” Forest Science, vol. 69, no. 3, June 2023, pp. 230–40. Scopus, doi:10.1093/forsci/fxac061.
Lamichhane S, Mei B, Siry J. Spatial Spillover Effects of Pine Sawtimber Stumpage Prices in the US South. Forest Science. 2023 Jun 1;69(3):230–240.
Journal cover image

Published In

Forest Science

DOI

EISSN

1938-3738

ISSN

0015-749X

Publication Date

June 1, 2023

Volume

69

Issue

3

Start / End Page

230 / 240

Related Subject Headings

  • Forestry
  • 0705 Forestry Sciences