Saturday, November 12, 2005

Bioeconomic supply-demand

The SEARCA conference ended yesterday. I caught one more paper presentation, Balisacan and Fuwa's literature survey on poverty and vulnerability. But I'm going back-to-back: I'm attending a workshop, this time on ""Global comparison of sardine, anchovy and other small pelagics ? building towards a multi-species model", in Tokyo. As the only economist in attendance, I feel like a fish out of water. (Unforgivable pun intended.) As I flounder about these arcane (to me) ecosystem models, I'll be presenting a paper that integrates simple ecological population dynamics into a standard economic supply-demand model. (When I have time I'll discuss the whys and the hows - in nonspecialist language - of this fascinating interdisciplinary synthesis. Don't ask me about its importance - I'm on the "pioneering breakthrough!!!" delusionary stage.)

Next week, I'm not sure I can keep up with regular blogging (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, in case you haven't noticed) Try my best though.

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