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Cod Today and None Tomorrow: The Economic Value of a Marine Reserve

  • R. Quentin Grafton
  • Tom Kompas
  • Pham Van Ha

Using data from what was once one of the world’s largest capture fisheries the economic value of a marine reserve is calculated using a stochastic optimal control model with a jump diffusion process. The results show that with a stochastic environment an optimal-sized marine reserve can generate a triple payoff that (a), raises the resource rent even when harvesting is ‘optimal’, (b) decreases the recovery time for the biomass to return to its former state and smooths fishers’ harvests and resource rents, and (c), lowers the chance of a catastrophic collapse following a negative shock.

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Paper provided by International and Development Economics in its series International and Development Economics Working Papers with number idec05-7.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:idc:wpaper:idec05-7
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