Can communal resource monitoring save the commons? Evidence on forest loss and displacementwith Louis Graham and Anouk S. Rigterink (pre-analysis plan, R&R at PNAS, working paper available on request) This study uses a Randomized Controlled Trial to investigate whether deforestation and forest degradation in community-managed forests can be reduced through systematic forest monitoring by community members. The paper combines causal insights with exceptionally detailed data on forest governance, forest use and forest stocks to improve our understanding of successful approaches to management of communal renewable resources.
Adoption of Community Monitoring Improves Common Pool Resource Management Across Contextswith Tara Slough, Daniel Rubenson, Ro’ee Levy, Francisco Alpizar Rodriguez, Maria Bernedo del Carpio, Mark Buntaine, Darin Christensen, Alicia Cooperman, Paul Ferraro, Louis Graham, Alexandra Hartman, Jacob Kopas, Sasha Richey, Anouk Rigterink, Cyrus Samii, Brigitte Seim, Johannes Urpelainen, and Bing Zhang(Pre-analysis plan, Revision resubmitted to PNAS) Do exports of renewable resources lead to resource depletion? Evidence on fisheries(R&R at JEEM) In the case of fisheries, exports are an important cause of resource depletion. This paper uses novel and detailed country-species-level fisheries data to estimate the causal effect of a fishery's exports on the collapse of the fishery. Identification is based on an export demand shock originating from Japan. The results reveal that an increase in logged exports by one standard deviation raises the probability of a fishery's collapse in the following period by 29 percentage points. Only fisheries without catch share programs collapse when exports surge.
Does trade foster resource management? Evidence on fishing quotas Does international trade change a regulator's ability or incentive to manage a renewable resource sustainably? Theoretical predictions are ambiguous and this is the first empirical analysis to shed light on the effect of trade on resource management. I use detailed country-species level fisheries data to investigate whether trade facilitates the introduction of quota and Territorial Use Rights for Fishing (TURF) programs for fisheries. The empirical evidence suggests a negative relationship between the resource price and the introduction of quota and TURF programs. The values of landings and exports are positively correlated with the introduction of fisheries management.
Work in Progress
FDI to China and firms' environmental performance in the UK with Richard Kneller and Edward Manderson