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Within and Between Group Variation of Individual Strategies in Common Pool Resources: Evidence from Field Experiments

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  • Maria Alejandra Velez

    () (Department of Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst)

  • James J. Murphy

    () (Department of Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst)

  • John K. Stranlund

    () (Department of Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Abstract

With data from framed common pool resource experiments conducted with artisanal fishing communities in Colombia, we estimate a hierarchical linear model to investigate within-group and between-group variation in individual harvest strategies across several institutions. Our results suggest that communication serves to effectively coordinate individual strategies within groups, but that these coordinated strategies vary considerably across groups. In contrast, weakly enforced regulatory restrictions on individual harvests (as well as unregulated open access) produce significant variation in the individual strategies within groups, but these strategies are roughly replicated across groups so that there is little between-group variation.

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  • Maria Alejandra Velez & James J. Murphy & John K. Stranlund, 2006. "Within and Between Group Variation of Individual Strategies in Common Pool Resources: Evidence from Field Experiments," Working Papers 2006-4, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Resource Economics.
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    Keywords

    common pool resources; field experiments; communication; regulation; hierarchical linear models;

    JEL classification:

    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • Q20 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - General
    • Q28 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy

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