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Me and my behavior: An experiment on individual characteristics and compliance behavior in recreational fishing


Mackay, M and Van Putten, IE and Yamazaki, S and Jennings, S and Sibly, H, Me and my behavior: An experiment on individual characteristics and compliance behavior in recreational fishing, Frontiers in Marine Science, 7 pp. 1-16. ISSN 2296-7745 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2020 Mackay, van Putten, Yamazaki, Jennings and Sibly. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.3389/fmars.2020.579213


Non-compliance with regulations is a complex problem in recreational fisheries management, having the potential to evoke uncertainty for conservation and socio-ecological outcomes and to undermine management efforts. While we know that in fisheries people make trade-offs between following or breaking rules, it is of interest to determine how people respond to different management incentives to curtail non-compliance. The overall aim of this study is to examine what individual psycho-social characteristics are associated with responses to instrumental and normative management incentives in a recreational fisheries context through the use of an economic experiment. We examined five psycho-social characteristics, three of which (expectation of behavior of others, social norms, and risk preferences) have separately been explored within the fisheries compliance literature, while two factors (ecological values and personality types) have yet to be explored. While information about these two latter characteristics is limited within the fisheries compliance literature, our results suggest that they are relevant predictors for certain compliance groups across compliance incentives. The findings underline that there is significant heterogeneity in the associations between psycho-social make-up and compliance behaviors. Knowledge of this behavioral relationship can progress fisheries management toward increased innovation by encouraging the management of the individual fisher rather than the average fisher.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:economic experiment, social norms, fisheries management, psycho-social characteristics, marine social science
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Environment and resource economics
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
UTAS Author:Mackay, M (Ms Mary Mackay)
UTAS Author:Van Putten, IE (Dr Ingrid Van Putten)
UTAS Author:Yamazaki, S (Associate Professor Satoshi Yamazaki)
UTAS Author:Jennings, S (Dr Sarah Jennings)
UTAS Author:Sibly, H (Dr Hugh Sibly)
ID Code:141095
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Economics and Finance
Deposited On:2020-09-24
Last Modified:2021-04-21
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