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Heterogeneity among agent types and second-best management for non-market ecological services

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  • Fenichel, Eli P.

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Second-best management affects different agent types differently, and heterogeneity among agents may create instances when only second best management is feasible. Capital-theoretic bioeconomic modeling often has imposed representative agent assumptions that may not capture this heterogeneity. Interactions between agent heterogeneity and second-best management have received little attention. Such heterogeneity is particularly important when management actions do not directly affect extensive margin decisions. We employ a microparameter model in a dynamic bioeconomic model to incorporate agent heterogeneity and intensive and extensive margin decisions for a nonmarket good, recreational fishing. The model yields qualitatively different management recommendations when a representative agent is assumed than when heterogeneity is included using the microparameter approach.

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  • Fenichel, Eli P., 2009. "Heterogeneity among agent types and second-best management for non-market ecological services," 2009 Annual Meeting, July 26-28, 2009, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 48995, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea09:48995
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    1. Joseph A. Herriges & Catherine L. Kling, 1999. "Nonlinear Income Effects in Random Utility Models," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 81(1), pages 62-72, February.
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    entry-exit; microparameter; bioeconomics; recreational fishing; landing limits; optimal control; Resource /Energy Economics and Policy; Q20; Q22; Q26;

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    • Q20 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - General
    • Q22 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Fishery
    • Q26 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Recreational Aspects of Natural Resources

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