Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/108795
Authors: 
Alonso, Elena Briones
Houssa, Romain
Verpoorten, Marijke
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 5243
Abstract: 
We study the co-existence of two community-based institutions for fisheries management in Benin: a traditional institution embedded in the Voodoo religion and a recent secular institution in the form of fishing committees. Using household survey data on fishing activities, we find that rules of both institutions have a statistically significant but small impact on the use of unsustainable fishing gear. We further find that Voodoo fishers who break the traditional Voodoo-based rule follow the fishing committee rule to the same extent as other fishers. This finding is consistent with a possible transition from the traditional Voodoo-based institution to the secular fishing committee institution. More research is needed to fully assess the effectiveness of, and interactions between, the two institutions.
Subjects: 
community-based natural resource management
institutions
religion
Voodoo
fisheries
Benin
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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