Do exports of renewable resources lead to resource depletion? Evidence on fisheries (Job market paper) Do exports of renewable resources lead to resource depletion? In the case of fisheries, the answer is yes. This paper uses species-level fisheries data to estimate the causal effect of exporting on the collapse of fisheries. A fishery’s collapse in Japan is used as an instrument for fisheries exports in countries which do not share fish stocks with Japan. Since Japan is a large market for fishery products, the Japanese collapse spurs export demand in other countries. The results suggest a large increase in the likelihood of fisheries collapse as a result of higher exports. Fisheries which are not managed via quotas are more severely affected.
Does trade foster resource management? Evidence on fishing quotas Do resource exports improve the regulation of renewable resources such as fisheries or forests? Theoretical predictions are ambiguous and this is the first empirical analysis to shed light on the effect of exports on resource management. I use detailed country-species level fisheries data to investigate whether exporting facilitates the introduction of quota and Territorial Use Rights for Fishing (TURF) programs for fisheries. The results suggest a positive relationship between a fishery’s exports value and the introduction of quota or TURF programs.
Community forest monitoring and deforestation in community forestwith Chaning Jang, Louis Graham, Ariana Keyman, Anouk S. Rigterink This randomized controlled trial investigates the effect of community forest monitoring on welfare and forest conservation in Ugandan community forests. Community monitoring entails monthly measures of forest use and threats to the forest. The monitors’ findings are discussed in village meetings and displayed in a public place in the village.
Awareness of forest use rules and deforestation in community forests with Chaning Jang, Louis Graham, Ariana Keyman and Anouk S. Rigterink This randomized controlled trial aims at strengthening social norms around forest use. Households with access to community forests receive reminders of communal forest use rules. We investigate how improved awareness of forest use rules affects household welfare, forest use, forest degradation and deforestation.
FDI to China and firms' environmental performance in the UK with Richard Kneller and Edward Manderson