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  • We compare the productivity of technology adopters to non-adopters using a cross-sectional survey of artisanal gillnet vessels on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Technologies include cell phones, GPS, sonar, and mechanical winches for hauling nets. Stochastic frontier analysis is used to measure differences in production frontiers and technical efficiency scores. Adopters of mechanical net haulers had low technical efficiency, low labor productivity and high labor use. Electronics adopters were more productive than non-adopters on average, but difficult to distinguish from efficient non-adopters. This is the first paper that we know of to examine the role of new technologies in the production process of artisanal fishers. Our results suggest capital investments in new technology may tie the least successful participants to the fishery despite most respondents self-reported desire to exit. Impacts may be fishery-specific and ambiguous, so the consequences of technology subsidies should be carefully considered in development policy.
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  • Gilbert, Ben and Bee Hong Yeo. 2010. Measuring Technological Change in Artisanal Fisheries: Evidence From Malaysia. In: Proceedings of the Fifteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, July 13-16, 2010, Montpellier, France: Economics of Fish Resources and Aquatic Ecosystems: Balancing Uses, Balancing Costs. Compiled by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2010.
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  • US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Division, Agence Française de Développement, Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche, Ministère de L’Alimentation de L’Agriculture et de la Pêche, Ministère de l’Énergie, du Développement Durable et de la Mer, La Région Languedoc Rouslilon, Département Hérault, Montpellier Agglomèration, The Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada, and AquaFish Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP).
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