Research

Working Papers:

The Differential Impact of Property Rights to Halibut on Rural Communities in Alaska

(with Eric Edwards)

CEnREP Working Paper No. 19-018

Rural communities reliant on natural resource production may be differentially affected by changes in property rights to the resource. We examine the relative effect on rural fishing ports of the 1995 introduction of individual fishing quotas (IFQs) in the Alaskan halibut fishery. Post-IFQ, rural communities see a 6-15 percentage point smaller increase in high-value fresh market sales. Rural ports also see significantly less consolidation of fishing vessels, with at least 40% more vessels remaining to fish halibut post-IFQ. These changes have ambiguous broader impacts on rural communities, with no clear relative differences in sales revenue and population growth.

 

Response to Un-conservation Pricing: A Natural Experiment

(with Sherzod Akhundjanov and Eric Edwards)

We examine a case from a municipal water supplier in the state of Utah where a rate change lowered, significantly and for many years, the marginal price of water for high-volume users. Using two discontinuities—a municipal boundary that cuts through neighborhoods and the discontinuous change in price as a result of changing tiers—we explore the extent to which decreases in marginal cost are salient to high-volume users and estimate the price elasticity of demand.

Determinants of Stakeholder Opposition to Fishing Property Rights

The Lessons of Hetch Hetchy and the Political Economy of Conservation in the National Parks

Currently Funded Projects:

Economic Impact Analysis of North Carolina’s Commercial Fisheries

Project funded by NCDEQ Division of Marine Fisheries

Increase understanding of the economic impact of North Carolina’s commercial fisheries via:
1. Collection and analysis of novel cost and supply chain data throughout the seafood harvesting, processing and distribution sectors, including consumer-facing businesses.
2. Quantification of consumer demand for North Carolina seafood.
3. Assessment of the economic impact of North Carolina’s wild-capture seafood industry using methodological best-practices

Economic Valuation of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation within the Albemarle-Pamlico Watershed

Project funded by NC Department of Environmental Quality

Publications:

A Guide to Municipal Water Conservation Pricing in Utah

USU Extension Factsheet

Utah faces a daunting challenge over the next 30 years in managing its water resources in the face of intense population growth. Options for new supply are limited, and water managers will increasingly be asked to do more with less. Urban water conservation will be part of any balanced solution to address future water demand. Water utilities can decrease water demand by creating rate structures and conveying rate information to encourage conservation.This factsheet provides information on the use of price to encourage water conservation in Utah.

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