Not by Rent Alone: Analysing the Pro-Poor Functions of Small-Scale Fisheries in Developing Countries

34 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2010

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Christophe Béné

International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Bjørn Hersoug

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Edward Allison

University of Washington - School of Marine and Environmental Affairs

Abstract

The dominant view in academic and policy arenas is increasingly one in which the major contribution of capture fisheries to development should be derived from the capacity of society to maximise the economic rent of fishery resources. Drawing upon empirical experience from the South, this article highlights the potentially disastrous consequences that a universal implementation of the rent-maximisation model would have in developing countries, and argues that a more gradual approach would be preferable. The welfare function of small-scale fisheries, namely, their capacities to provide labour and cash income to resource-poor households, should be preserved until the appropriate macroeconomic conditions for rent-maximisation and redistribution are fulfilled.

Suggested Citation

Béné, Christophe and Hersoug, Bjørn and Allison, Edward H., Not by Rent Alone: Analysing the Pro-Poor Functions of Small-Scale Fisheries in Developing Countries. Development Policy Review, Vol. 28, No. 3, pp. 325-358, May 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1583151 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7679.2010.00486.x

Christophe Béné (Contact Author)

International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

KM. 17 Recta Cali - Palmira
Cali, Valle del Cauca
Colombia

Bjørn Hersoug

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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Edward H. Allison

University of Washington - School of Marine and Environmental Affairs

3707 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105
United States

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