Photo of a ship dock with the ship "Kodiak Enterprise" shown. Photo by Leif Anderson.
Photo by Leif Anderson.

Ocean and Marine Resources

My National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) funded research focuses on the institutional and economic efficacy of catch shares, a hybrid management approach that combines cap and trade policies with industry self-regulation and government oversight.

In a Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists article, I employ a quasi-experimental research design to exploit the differences in outcomes between rationalized fisheries (treatments) and comparison fisheries (controls) associated with the staggered introductions of catch shares in the world’s largest and most economically significant white fish fisheries. My analysis differs from existing work by accounting for temporal variation in fishers’ participation in multiple fisheries across regions.

This research and another paper (with Stephen Kasperski) show that rights-based management alleviates overuse and extraction in common-pool resources while responding to changing economic and ecosystem conditions, but policy harmonization is paramount in a multiregional and multijurisdictional setting.

In 2012-2014, I was the National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC). Since then, I have been a Principle Investigator and/or co-PI on external grants funded by NOAA, working with researchers at the NWFSC and the Alaska Fisheries Science Center.

Photo of several researchers on the marine research group. Photo by Leif Anderson.
Photo by Leif Anderson.