That's my turf : an experimental analysis of territorial use rights for fisheries in Indonesia


Gallier, Carlo ; Langbein, Jörg ; Vance, Colin


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/41246
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-412467
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2016
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 16-046
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: C93 , H43 , L31 , Q32,
Keywords (English): Framed field experiment , commons dilemmas , coral reefs , self-governance
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.

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Gallier, Carlo ; Langbein, Jörg ; Vance, Colin (2016) That's my turf : an experimental analysis of territorial use rights for fisheries in Indonesia. Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 16-046 [Working paper]
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