Goldbach, Carina, Schlüter, Achim ORCID: and Fujitani, Marie (2017) Analyzing potential effects of migration on coastal resources in Southeastern Ghana. . Working Paper Series, 2 . Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Bremen, 29 pp. DOI

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Coastal areas are under increasing pressure from rapid human population growth, yet empirical research on the effect of migration (as one major element of population dynamics) on coastal and marine resources is scarce. We contribute to this literature with a household survey in a coastal region of Southeastern Ghana in which environmental attitudes and values toward coastal resources of 277 migrants and non-migrants were measured. In addition, respondents took part in a one-shot common-pool resource (CPR) experiment. Results suggest that migrants were less concerned about the utilization of coastal resources than non-migrants. Migrants were also found to behave less cooperatively in the CPR experiment. Further analysis, however, reveals that these findings hold true only for the subgroup of fishers, and could not be found for other occupational groups. These findings support the hypothesis that migrants do not per se value coastal resources less or cooperate less in CPR situations, but that socioeconomic characteristics, and particularly their occupational status and their relation to the resource, matter.

Document Type: Report (Working Paper)
Programme Area: UNSPECIFIED
Research affiliation: Social Sciences > Institutional and Behavioural Economics
Social Sciences > Deliberation, Valuation and Sustainability
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Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2023 09:47
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