Dr. Juan Cardenas

Juan Cardenas

Understanding the human logic in the local coastal commons: Lessons from experiments in the field

Over the last 25 years numerous economic experiments in field settings, including coastal ecosystems around the world, offer a wealth of human behavior data. The most frequently used paradigm is the common-pool resource game that resembles the essential collective action problem where individual incentives to over extract resources clash with the group incentives to preserve the capacity of the ecosystem to sustainably provide goods and services over time for the local users and beyond. In this lecture I plan to offer an overview of what we have learned and what we are still seeking in answers to the understanding how self-governed solutions can help manage coastal ecosystems. 

Short Bio

Dr. Cardenas is a Professor at the Economics Department, Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia. He uses tools from behavioral and experimental economics in the lab and the field, surveys and participatory tools to understand how humans can achieve cooperation within groups. He also explores the behavioral mechanisms associated with the drivers and barriers to have more diverse and honest organizations or communities. His research has been published in high-impact journals. He has also been visiting fellow at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis (Indiana University) under the mentorship of Elinor Ostrom, and visiting professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst, Harvard University, and the Santa Fe Institute.