Estimating Heterogeneous Capacity and Capacity Utilization in a Multi-Species Fishery
Ronald G. Felthoven
affiliation not provided to SSRN
William C. Horrace
Syracuse University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Kurt E. Schnier
University of Rhode Island - Department of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
November 1, 2006
Center for Policy Research Working Paper No. 86
We use a stochastic production frontier model to investigate the presence of heterogeneous production and its impact on fleet capacity and capacity utilization in a multi-species fishery. Furthermore, we propose a new fleet capacity estimate that incorporates complete information on the stochastic differences between each vessel-specific technical efficiency distribution. Results indicate that ignoring heterogeneity in production technologies within a multi-species fishery, as well as the complete distribution of a vessel’s technical efficiency score, may yield erroneous fleet-wide production profiles and estimates of capacity. Furthermore, our new estimate of capacity enables out-of-sample production predictions predicated on either homogeneity or heterogeneity modeling which may be utilized to facilitate policy.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 36
Keywords: fishery capacity, heterogeneous production, latent class modeling
JEL Classification: C23, D24, N50working papers series
Date posted: April 20, 2011
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