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Regulatory Compliance in Lake Victoria Fisheries

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  • Eggert, Hakan
  • Lokina, Razack B.

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This paper analyzes the causes for regulatory compliance using traditional deterrence variables and potential moral and social variables. We used self-reported data from Tanzanian artisanal fishers in Lake Victoria. The results indicated that the decision to be a non-violator or to be a violator—as well as the violation rate—are influenced by changes in deterrence variables (such as the probability of detection and punishment), but with respect to legitimacy and social variables. We also identified a small group of fishers that reacted neither to normative aspects nor to traditional deterrence variables, but persistently violated the regulation and used bribes to avoid punishment.

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Paper provided by Resources For the Future in its series Discussion Papers with number dp-08-14-efd.

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Date of creation: 02 Jun 2008
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Keywords: Compliance; fisheries; Lake Victoria; legitimacy; normative; deterrence;

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  1. Kerri Brick & Martine Visser & Justine Burns, 2012. "Risk Aversion: Experimental Evidence from South African Fishing Communities," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 94(1), pages 133-152.
  2. Akpalu, Wisdom & Eggert, Håkan & Vondolia, Godwin K., 2009. "Enforcement of Exogenous Environmental Regulations, Social Disapproval, and Bribery," Discussion Papers dp-09-19-efd, Resources For the Future.
  3. Eggert, Håkan & Greaker, Mads, 2009. "Effects of Global Fisheries on Developing Countries: Possibilities for Income and Threat of Depletion," Discussion Papers dp-10-09-02-efd, Resources For the Future.
  4. Eggert, Håkan & Greaker, Mads & Kidane, Asmerom, 2012. "Trade and Resources: Welfare effects of the Lake Victoria fisheries boom," Working Papers in Economics 534, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.

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