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Revenue Targeting in Fisheries: The Case of Hawaii Longline Fishery


  • Nguyen, Quang
  • Leung, PinngSun


We apply the target revenue model, a version of prospect theory, to investigate how fishermen adjust their trip length to changes in daily revenue. The key finding is that certain groups of fishermen seem more likely to behave according to the target revenue model rather than the standard model of labor supply. Asian American captains seem more likely to behave according to the target revenue model than Caucasian captains. We also find that vessel capacity has little effect on whether the captains seek target revenue. The study strongly supports the integration of prospect theory into the framework of fisheries studies.

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  • Nguyen, Quang & Leung, PinngSun, 2009. "Revenue Targeting in Fisheries: The Case of Hawaii Longline Fishery," MPRA Paper 17119, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:17119

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    1. Géraud Krähenbühl, 2015. "Supply Analysis of the Forestry Industry," IRENE Working Papers 15-08, IRENE Institute of Economic Research.

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    Behavioral economics; Fisheries; Hawaii Longline; Prospect Theory; Target revenue model;

    JEL classification:

    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • D01 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Microeconomic Behavior: Underlying Principles


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