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On the Determinants of Denouncing Illegal Fishing: A Field Study in Artisanal Fishing Communities

Carina Cavalcanti ()
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Carina Cavalcanti: Griffith University

Environmental & Resource Economics, 2020, vol. 77, issue 1, No 9, 217-228

Abstract: Abstract Many artisanal fishing communities struggle with overfishing. One potential channel to mitigate overfishing is through self-monitoring and denouncing of illegal fishing practices. In this paper, we investigate the determinants of fishermen’s willingness to report the catching of illegally small fish at a lake in Brazil. By using laboratory experiments and surveys, we provide novel evidence that impatience and pro-sociality play key roles. Fishermen who are more impatient in a laboratory inter-temporal choice experiment show a higher propensity to report misbehavior from other fishermen. This finding suggests that impatience is a driver for the punishment of resource exploitation. Moreover, we find that fishermen who are more pro-social in a laboratory public goods experiment are also more likely to report overfishing, suggesting that both time and social preferences are related to the reporting of resource overexploitation.

Keywords: Time preferences; Social preferences; Experiments; Resource exploitation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s10640-020-00471-8

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