Today: Winter Seminar with Dr. Matt Reimer

Please join SAFS today for a seminar with Dr. Matt Reimer, Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska – Anchorage.

Multiple margins of fishing behavior: Implications for predicting the biological and economic effects of a policy change.

4:00-5:00 PM, social follows
UW School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, 102 Fishery Sciences
1122 NE Boat St, Seattle, Washington (map)


The history of fisheries management is full of instances in which regulators have failed to anticipate the behavioral response of fishermen to a policy intervention. Such surprises can largely be ascribed to a poor understanding of the multiple margins across which fishermen can act. Much economic analysis oversimplifies the fishing production process by collapsing margins of fishing behavior—such as the use of fishing gear over space and time—into aggregated and general production and cost functions. Using numerical simulations together with an empirical investigation of the Bering Sea groundfish fishery, our research demonstrates that aggregated models of fishing behavior provide policy makers with inadequate, and possibly misleading, information on which to base predictions regarding the extent and nature of a fishing industry’s response to a policy change. Our research suggests that accurate assessment of the effects of a policy intervention requires a description of the fishing production process that is sufficiently “deep” so as to be invariant to changes in management institutions.


More information may be available on the 2014 Winter Seminars page.

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