That's My TURF: An Experimental Analysis of Territorial Use Rights for Fisheries in Indonesia

35 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2016

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Carlo Gallier

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Joerg Langbein

Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen)

Colin Vance

Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI)

Date Written: May 15, 2016

Abstract

We conduct a framed field experiment in Indonesian fishing communities with an eye towards evaluating the potential of Territorial Use Rights for Fisheries (TURFs) for preserving coral reef fisheries. Conducted in three culturally distinctive sites, the study assembles groups of five fishers who participate in a common-pool resource game. We implement the game with randomly assigned treatments in all sites to explore whether the extraction decision varies according to three recommended non-binding extraction levels originating from (1) a democratic process, (2) a group leader or (3) an external source that recommends a socially optimal extraction level. In one of the sites - that having the highest levels of ethnic and religious diversity - we find that democratic decision-making as well as information originating from outside the community promotes the cooperative behavior that underpins TURFs, a result that is robust to regressions controlling for individual and community attributes. The absence of treatment effects in the remaining two sites highlights that a set of formal rules may have different consequences in different communities, depending on underlying values and norms.

Keywords: Framed field experiment, Commons dilemmas, Coral reefs, Self-governance

JEL Classification: C93, H43, L31, Q32

Suggested Citation

Gallier, Carlo and Langbein, Joerg and Vance, Colin, That's My TURF: An Experimental Analysis of Territorial Use Rights for Fisheries in Indonesia (May 15, 2016). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 16-046. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2798616 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2798616

Carlo Gallier

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research ( email )

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Joerg Langbein (Contact Author)

Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen) ( email )

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Germany

Colin Vance

Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI) ( email )

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Essen, 45128
Germany
0049-201-8149-237 (Phone)

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