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The distributional impact of common-pool resource regulations

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  • Stefan Ambec
  • Carine Sebi

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Purpose – Regulating common-pool resources is welfare enhancing for society but not necessarily for all users who may therefore oppose regulations. The purpose of this paper is to examine the short-term impact of common-pool resource regulations on welfare distribution. Design/methodology/approach – The authors model a game of common-pool resource extraction among heterogeneous users. Findings – It was found that market-based regulations such as fees and subsidies or tradable quotas achieve a higher reduction of extraction from free-access than individual quotas with the same proportion of better-off users. Also, they make more users better-off for the same resource preservation. Originality/value – The quota regulation has attractive fairness properties: it reduces inequality while still rewarding the more efficient users. JEL classification: H23, Q22, Q28

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Article provided by Emerald Group Publishing in its journal Indian Growth and Development Review.

Volume (Year): 4 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 (September)
Pages: 123-141

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Handle: RePEc:eme:igdrpp:v:4:y:2011:i:2:p:123-141

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Keywords: Agriculture; Common-pool natural resources; Environment; Fairness; Fisheries; Income and wealth distribution; Natural resources; Political economy of growth and development; Quotas; Regulations; Welfare;

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  1. Ambec, S. & Garapin, A. & Muller, L. & Reynaud, A. & Sebi, C., 2013. "Comparing regulations to protect the commons: an experimental investigation," Working Papers 2013-07, Grenoble Applied Economics Laboratory (GAEL).

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