Resource leasing and optimal periodic capital investments

Novak, A., Kaitala, V., & Feichtinger, G. (1995). Resource leasing and optimal periodic capital investments. Zeitschrift fuer Operations Research 42 (1) 47-67. 10.1007/BF01415673.

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In this paper we analyse a fishery resource exploitation model in which a single firm or a cartel has leased the rights to manage the resources independently. Two variables, resource level and the capital level, determine the dynamics of the resource system. The leasing contract includes an incentive for the agent to maintain the resource level high. The main result is that sole-agent resource management and efficiency of the resource use do not necessarily imply that the fishery is stabilized at a unique steady state level. Instead, the optimal resource exploitation may lead to periodic capital investments in fishing vessels and gear which in turn causes cycles in the resource economy. We show analytically that nonzero discount rate and low capital depreciation rate both favor the conditions under which periodic optimal solutions may occur. Simulation results related to a Baltic herring fishery are used to illustrate the results.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Bibliographic Reference: Zeitschrift fuer Operations Research; 42(1):47-67 (February 1995)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 02:05
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:15

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