Cooperation in a dynamic fishing game: A framed field experiment

Charles Noussair, Daan van Soest, J.T.R. Stoop

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We derive a dynamic theoretical model of renewable resource extraction. In the social optimum, maximum extraction occurs in the last period only, while in the unique subgame perfect Nash equilibrium, the resource is depleted immediately. The predictions are tested in a field experiment conducted at a recreational fishing pond. The subjects, experienced recreational fishermen, face a dynamic social dilemma, in which they risk depletion of the resource by overfishing. We find strong support for the Nash equilibrium. Fishermen exert as much effort in the last period as in preceding periods, and effort is independent of the stock of fish.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-413
JournalAmerican Economic Review
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2015


  • Cooperative games
  • Field experiments
  • Renewable resources and conservation


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