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Moral Hazard Problems in Fisheries Regulation: The Case og Illegal Landings

Frank Jensen () and Niels Vestergaard ()

No 9/00, Working Papers from University of Southern Denmark, Department of Sociology, Environmental and Business Economics

Abstract: This paper treats illegal landings as a moral hazard problem that arises, since individual catches are unobservable to society and hence private information. A tax/subsidy mechanism taking into account the asymmetric information problem is formulated as a solution to problems with illegal landings. The incentive scheme uses fish stock size as the tax variable, and can be seen as an alternative to a control policy. Rough estimates from a simulation study suggest that the incentive scheme is potentially useful. The incentive scheme also has potential application as an instrument to the solution of by-catch and discard problems.

Pages: 43 pages
Date: 2000-06
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