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The Economic Payoffs from Marine Reserves: Resource Rents in a Stochastic Environment

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  • R. QUENTIN GRAFTON
  • TOM KOMPAS
  • PHAM VAN HA

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In this paper we analysed the economic payoffs from marine reserves using a stochastic optimal control model, with a jump-diffusion process. The results show that even if the reserve and harvested populations face the same negative shocks, harvesting is optimal, the population is persistent and there is no uncertainty over current stock size, a reserve can increase resource rents. Using fishery data we demonstrate that the payoffs from a reserve, and also optimum reserve size, increase the larger is the magnitude of the negative shock, the greater its frequency and the larger its relative impact on the harvested population. Copyright © 2006 The Economic Society of Australia.

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Article provided by The Economic Society of Australia in its journal Economic Record.

Volume (Year): 82 (2006)
Issue (Month): 259 (December)
Pages: 469-480

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ecorec:v:82:y:2006:i:259:p:469-480

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  1. Viktoria Kahui & William Alexander, 2008. "A Bioeconomic Analysis of Marine Reserves for Paua (Abalone) Management at Stewart Island, New Zealand," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 40(3), pages 339-367, July.
  2. Yamazaki, Satoshi & Grafton, R. Quentin & Kompas, Tom, 2010. "Non-consumptive values and optimal marine reserve switching," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 69(12), pages 2427-2434, October.
  3. Yamazaki, Satoshi, 2008. "Marine Reserves Switching under Uncertainty," 2008 Conference (52nd), February 5-8, 2008, Canberra, Australia 6003, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
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  6. Grafton, R. Quentin & Akter, Sonia & Kompas, Tom, 2009. "Guide to the Ex-Ante Socio-Economic Evaluation of Marine Protected Areas," Research Reports 94827, Australian National University, Environmental Economics Research Hub.
  7. Wielgus, Jeffrey & Sala, Enric & Gerber, Leah R., 2008. "Assessing the ecological and economic benefits of a no-take marine reserve," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 67(1), pages 32-40, August.

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