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2012-09-19 | Peer Reviewed

The distributional impact of common-pool resource regulations

Ambec, Stefan and Carune Sebi. 2012. “The distributional impact of common-pool resource regulations.” Indian Growth and Development Review 4:2: 123-141.
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Regulating common-pool resources is welfare enhancing for society but not necessarily for all users who therefore may oppose regulations. We examine the short-term impact of common-pool resource regulations on welfare distribution.

Market-based regulations such as fees and subsidies or tradable quotas achieve a higher reduction of extraction from free-access than individual quotas with the same proportion of betteroff users. They make also more users better-off for the same resource preservation. The quota regulation has attractive fairness properties: it reduces inequality while still rewarding the more efficient users.

 

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    Ambec, Stefan
    Sebi, Carune