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The distributional impact of common‐pool resource regulations

Stefan Ambec (Toulouse School of Economics (INRA‐LERNA), Toulouse, France University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden)
Carine Sebi (GAEL, University of Grenoble, Grenoble, France)

Indian Growth and Development Review

ISSN: 1753-8254

Article publication date: 27 September 2011




Regulating common‐pool resources is welfare enhancing for society but not necessarily for all users who may therefore oppose regulations. The purpose of this paper is to examine the short‐term impact of common‐pool resource regulations on welfare distribution.


The authors model a game of common‐pool resource extraction among heterogeneous users.


It was found that 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 better‐off users. Also, they make 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.



Ambec, S. and Sebi, C. (2011), "The distributional impact of common‐pool resource regulations", Indian Growth and Development Review, Vol. 4 No. 2, pp. 123-141.



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