A primal formulation has been used to estimate a translog production function that includes fishing effort and fisherman’s skill as production factors. The selected functional form permits the analysis of the substitution possibilities among production inputs composing effort by calculating the Allen elasticity of substitution. Particular attention is paid to the empirical validation of fishing effort as an aggregate input, which implies the acceptation of the joint hypothesis that inputs making up effort are weakly separable from the inputs out of the subgroup. Cross sectional data from the main fleet operating in the VIII Division European anchovy fishery have been selected to carry out the analysis. The choice of this fishery is directly linked to the regulation failure detected and the need to clarify different policy alternatives.
Key Words: Fishing Effort; Translog Production Function; Separability; Elasticity of Substitution; VIII Division European Anchovy
del Valle, I., I. Astorkiza and K. Astorkiza. Estimating the Elasticity of Substitution Among Inputs Making Up Fishing Effort: An Application to the VIII Division European Anchovy Fishery. In: Microbehavior and Macroresults: Proceedings of the Tenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, July 10-14, 2000, Corvallis, Oregon, USA. Compiled by Richard S. Johnston and Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2001.