Ostracism and Common Pool Resource Management in a Developing Country: Young Fishers in the Laboratory
Wisdom Akpalu and
Journal of African Economies, 2012, vol. 21, issue 2, pages 266-306
This paper investigates how the possibility to ostracise, which is a familiar punishment mechanism to subjects in the experiment, affects harvest in a common pool resource experiment. The experiment was framed as a fishing problem and the subjects were young fishers in Ghana. We find that the introduction of the possibility to ostracise other members of a group at a cost to the remaining members of the group decreased over-fishing significantly in comparison with a situation where ostracism was not possible. The ostracism was based on at least 50% voting rule. Moreover, the subjects demonstrated a strong desire to ostracise those who over-fished. Copyright 2012 , Oxford University Press.
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.
Working Paper: Ostracism and Common Pool Resource Management in a Developing Country: Young Fishers in the Laboratory (2009)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: http://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:oup:jafrec:v:21:y:2012:i:2:p:266-306
Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
Access Statistics for this article
Journal of African Economies is currently edited by Marcel Fafchamps
More articles in Journal of African Economies from Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP, UK. Contact information at EDIRC.
Series data maintained by Oxford University Press ().