Title
To fish or not to fish? Resource degradation and income diversification in Benin
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Publication type
article
Publication
Subject
Sociology
Economics
Chemistry
Biology
Source (journal)
Environment and development economics
Volume/pages
21(2016) :5 , p. 669-689
ISSN
1355-770X
ISI
000387968500006
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The authors study the impact of natural resource degradation on income diversification in Beninese fishing communities. Using survey data and econometric analysis, they show that fishermen are more likely to diversify their income when the degradation of the fish stock is more severe. However, the level of income diversification that they find is surprisingly low and far from sufficient to relieve the stress on the lakes. The latter relates to low levels of formal education among fishermen and the unregulated use of highly productive, but damaging, fishing gear. These two factors result in a high return to fishing relative to non-fishing activities, even amid degradation.
Full text (open access)
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/8641cf/132066.pdf
E-info
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/iruaauth/32ea36/132066.pdf
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