Environmental and Resource Economics

, Volume 56, Issue 3, pp 399–414 | Cite as

Modeling Effort and Lobbying in a Heterogeneous Common Pool Resource Setting

Article

Abstract

Extraction from a common pool resource (CPR), such as a fishery, can lead to socially inefficient and undesirable outcomes as a result of appropriation problems. Through regulation of the CPR, users may achieve a more profitable and socially efficient outcome. Feeny et al. (Land Econ 72(2):187–205, 1996) delve into some of the assumptions made by traditional CPR models and how use of those assumptions provides an incomplete framework to guide fishery policy. In the theoretical models we develop, we relax two of those assumptions: CPR users are homogeneous and are unable to create, or influence, management of the resource. We note a case where regulation of the individual user can induce others to harvest more, and relate this to the slippage effect concept. Regarding resource sustainability, we document situations where incentives exist for CPR users to lobby for tighter regulations and thus increase profits by limiting the tragedy of the commons influence.

Keywords

Common pool resource Cooperative Fisheries Heterogeneity Lobbying 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Agricultural EconomicsMississippi State UniversityMississippi StateUSA
  2. 2.School of Aquatic and Fishery SciencesUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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