Sabrina Eisenbarth, Oxford: Do exports of renewable resources lead to resource depletion? Evidence on fisheries
Job talk. Sabrina Eisenbarth is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford. She will present a paper entitled "Do exports of renewable resources lead to resource depletion? Evidence on fisheries".
Do exports of renewable resources lead to resource depletion? In the case of fisheries, the answer is yes. This paper uses country-species-level fisheries data to estimate the causal effect of exporting on the collapse of fisheries. The collapse of Japanese fisheries 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 reveal that exports significantly contribute to fisheries depletion. An increase in logged exports by one standard deviation raises the likelihood of a fishery’s collapse in the following period by 23 percentage points. Fisheries which are not managed via quotas are more severely affected.
Host: Bård Harstad