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Fishing regulations, individual discount rate, and fisherman behaviour in a developing country fishery

Wisdom Akpalu

Environment and Development Economics, 2008, vol. 13, issue 5, 591-606

Abstract: Studies of compliance with fishing regulations have been based on fishery crimes where the offender faces a one-period decision problem of maximizing an expected utility. Moreover, the returns from the crimes are uncertain because the offender may lose them if caught. This paper extends these models by considering a fishery crime that generates a flow of returns until the offender is caught and then punished. Consequently, it incorporates into the existing model the influence of dynamic deterrence in which the discount rate affects violation levels. The predictions of the model are tested on data from an artisanal fishery in Ghana.

Date: 2008
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