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On the Contributions of Colin Clark to Fisheries Economics


  • Gordon Munro
  • U. Sumaila



We trace the contributions of Colin Clark from his first book and articles published in the mid-1970s to date and link them to the six papers contained in this Special Issue and the larger fisheries economics literature. We highlight the impacts of Clark’s contributions on the theory, empirical, policy and management of fisheries, ranging from particular fisheries applications right through to global studies of the economics of fishing. Our conclusion is that Colin Clark’s impact upon fisheries economics has been revolutionary and predict that 100 years from now, his classic contribution, Mathematical Bioeconomics will still be studied with care by economists. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015

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  • Gordon Munro & U. Sumaila, 2015. "On the Contributions of Colin Clark to Fisheries Economics," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 61(1), pages 1-17, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:enreec:v:61:y:2015:i:1:p:1-17
    DOI: 10.1007/s10640-015-9910-4

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    1. World Bank & Food and Agriculture Organization, 2009. "The Sunken Billions : The Economic Justification for Fisheries Reform," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 2596, November.
    2. Clark, Colin W. & Munro, Gordon R. & Sumaila, Ussif Rashid, 2005. "Subsidies, buybacks, and sustainable fisheries," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 50(1), pages 47-58, July.
    3. Kathleen A. Miller & Gordon R. Munro & U. Rashid Sumaila & William W. L. Cheung, 2013. "Governing Marine Fisheries in a Changing Climate: A Game-Theoretic Perspective," Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics/Revue canadienne d'agroeconomie, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society/Societe canadienne d'agroeconomie, vol. 61(2), pages 309-334, June.
    4. Clark, C. W. & Lamberson, R., 1982. "An economic history and analysis of pelagic whaling," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 6(2), pages 103-120, April.
    5. McKelvey, Robert, 1985. "Decentralized regulation of a common property renewable resource industry with irreversible investment," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 12(4), pages 287-307, December.
    6. Clark, Colin W, 1973. "Profit Maximization and the Extinction of Animal Species," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 81(4), pages 950-961, July-Aug..
    7. Colin W. Clark & Gordon R. Munro & Ussif Rashid Sumaila, 2007. "Buyback Subsidies, the Time Consistency Problem, and the ITQ Alternative," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 83(1), pages 50-58.
    8. Clark, Colin W. & Munro, Gordon R., 1975. "The economics of fishing and modern capital theory: A simplified approach," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 2(2), pages 92-106, December.
    9. Anthony Scott, 1955. "The Fishery: The Objectives of Sole Ownership," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 63, pages 116-116.
    10. H. Scott Gordon, 1954. "The Economic Theory of a Common-Property Resource: The Fishery," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 62, pages 124-124.
    11. Bjorndal, Trond & Munro, Gordon, 2012. "The Economics and Management of World Fisheries," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780199576753.
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