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Efficiency of Individual Transferable Quotas (ITQs) when Fishers are able to Choose Vessel Sizes: An experimental approach

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  • HIGASHIDA Keisaku
  • MANAGI Shunsuke

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Employing an experimental approach, this paper examines whether the efficiency of fishery management can be achieved under Individual Transferable Quotas regimes. We analyze the situation in which subjects can choose from one of two vessel types: large-scale or small-scale. The fixed cost for large-scale vessels is higher than that for their small-scale counterparts, whereas the variable cost for large-scale vessels is lower. We find that the average trading price (ATP) converges to the theoretical equilibrium price (EQP). We also find that vessels are chosen rationally in the sense that, the greater the ATP, minus the EQP in past periods, the less incentive subjects have to invest in large-scale vessels. Moreover, quota prices in the first period could influence both the quota prices and the numbers of both types of vessels in the ensuing periods, and initial allocation could affect the rational choice of vessels.

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  • HIGASHIDA Keisaku & MANAGI Shunsuke, 2010. "Efficiency of Individual Transferable Quotas (ITQs) when Fishers are able to Choose Vessel Sizes: An experimental approach," Discussion papers 10036, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
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    1. Zafer Kanik & Serkan Kucuksenel, 2013. "The Promise of Transferable Fishing Concessions on EU Fisheries," ERC Working Papers 1312, ERC - Economic Research Center, Middle East Technical University, revised Dec 2013.
    2. repec:eee:trapol:v:76:y:2019:i:c:p:134-148 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Kanik, Zafer & Kucuksenel, Serkan, 2014. "Transferable Fishing Concessions and EU Fisheries," 2014 International Congress, August 26-29, 2014, Ljubljana, Slovenia 183092, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
    4. repec:eee:ecanpo:v:62:y:2019:i:c:p:175-186 is not listed on IDEAS

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    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • Q22 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Fishery
    • Q28 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy

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