The Sustainable Management of a Productive Natural Capital [electronic resource] / Julien Xavier Daubanes.

Daubanes, Julien Xavier, author
Paris : OECD Publishing, 2018.
OECD Economics Department Working Papers 18151973 ; no.1490.
OECD Economics Department Working Papers 18151973 ; no.1490
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1 online resource (39 pages).
This paper examines an industry whose economic activity uses a natural capital on which its profit also relies. When such a productive natural capital has a limited capacity to recover from its exploitation, a free market tends to over-exploit it, calling for public intervention. The analysis is relevant, among other examples, to the case of nature- based tourism. I study the sustainable management of a productive natural capital: the conditions under which its exploitation generates maximum long-run social benefits; the various ways in which a regulator can implement such an exploitation; the rent that it generates for the industry; the effect of social discounting and operators' short-termism, et cetera Particular attention is given to situations in which the regulator gives more importance to the industry than it does to consumers, as when consumers are foreigners or when the industry generates needed tax revenues. In those contexts, I find that the industry should make more efforts of conservation, rather than less.
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