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Information Structure and the Tragedy of the Commons in Resource Extraction

  • Rabah Amir

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  • Niels Nannerup

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This paper considers the well-known Levhari-Mirman model of resource extraction, and investigates the effects of the information structure of the dynamic game - open-loop, Markovian or history-dependent - on the equilibrium consumption path and the overall utility of the agents. The open-loop regime yields a Pareto-optimal outcome. The Markovian regime leads to the most pronounced version of the tragedy of the commons. History-dependent behavior yields an outcome set that is intermediate between the other two cases.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Bioeconomics.

Volume (Year): 8 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 (August)
Pages: 147-165

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