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An Experimental Analysis of Optimal Renewable Resource Management: The Fishery

  • John Hey

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  • Tibor Neugebauer

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  • Abdolkarim Sadrieh

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This paper experimentally studies the extraction decisions of a sole-owner ina fishery, the population dynamics of which behave according to the standard deterministic logistic growth model. Four treatments were implemented which differed in the level of information supplied to the experimental subjects. The theoretical solution was used to evaluate the behaviour of experimental subjects. The data reveal high efficiency losses due to the lack of information on population dynamics and stock size. Efficiency varied between treatments according to the information conditions.

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Article provided by European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists in its journal Environmental and Resource Economics.

Volume (Year): 44 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (October)
Pages: 263-285

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