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Unitization of Spatially Connected Renewable Resources

Daniel T Kaffine1 / Christopher Costello2

1Colorado School of Mines,

2University of California, Santa Barbara,

Citation Information: The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy. Volume 11, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1935-1682, DOI: 10.2202/1935-1682.2714, March 2011

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Published Online:
2011-03-04

Abstract

Spatial connectivity of renewable resources induces a spatial externality in extraction. We explore the consequences of decentralized spatial property rights in the presence of spatial externalities. We generalize the notion of unitization—developed to enhance cooperative extraction of oil and gas fields—and apply it to renewable resources which face a similar spatial commons problem. We find that unitizing a common pool renewable resource can yield first-best outcomes even when participation is voluntary, provided profit sharing rules can vary by participant.

Keywords: fisheries; property rights; spatial bioeconomics; unitization

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