Success or Selection? An Economic Perspective on Fisheries Co-Management
Duke Environmental Economics Working Paper No. EE11-04
10 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2011
Date Written: April 1, 2011
This paper comments on a recent paper published in the journal Nature that claims that fisheries co-management causes successful outcomes in fisheries. We outline theoretical arguments in favor of and against co-management as an approach to solving fisheries-commons problems. We argue that the principal claims of the authors are not supported by their data and analysis. Spurious inference about effectiveness of co-management runs the risk of undermining rather than advancing the policy process.
Keywords: program evaluation, co-managment
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