An Economic Analysis of Drawing Lines in the Sea
AbstractIt is shown that low dispute costs relative to expected resource rents from oceanic resources favor drawn out disputes over maritime boundaries; asymmetric dispute costs favor agreement on boundaries wanted by the low dispute cost state party; and high symmetric dispute costs favor formation of joint development zones. The fact that most maritime boundaries have not yet been drawn suggests that state parties think that resource rents that can be drawn from the oceans are high relative to dispute costs. Moreover, the recent mini-trend towards JDZs in East Asia suggests that state parties in the area have recently reassessed dispute costs as being higher than previously believed.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Connecticut, Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 2007-21.
Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: May 2007
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Law of the Sea; joint development zones; maritime boundaries; marine boundaries; lines in the sea;
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- NEP-ALL-2007-06-11 (All new papers)
- NEP-ENV-2007-06-11 (Environmental Economics)
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