This book illuminates the major economic and political factors thathave led to the development of a particular pattern of trade in forestproducts, and it examines and compares the legal structures withinwhich this trade takes place.
Standard economic and political methods of analysis are used tostudy the history of this trade, including such recent developments asthe Free Trade Agreement. Several of the chapters focus on two recenttrade disputes involving Canadian exports of shakes and shingles and ofsoftwood lumber to the United States. These disputes are instructivefor understanding not only the politics of trade but also importanteconomic issues such as the measurement and impact of timber subsidies.In addition, the authors consider the factors affecting foreign marketshare, and the burden of tariffs and export taxes.close this panel
Russell S. Uhler is a professor in the Department ofEconomics at the University of British Columbia.close this panel