Fisheries economics researcher Camilo Torres Almuna, MSc. (Economy Section), participated in the Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment Ninth Annual Research Meeting, held between October 19th and 20th in hybrid format, the event was organized by Environment for Development (EfD), https://sites.google.com/view/nenre-efdchile/workshop-2023.
The purpose of the meeting was to review research´s advancesn carried out in Chile, in Fisheries and Aquaculture Economics, Environmental Economics and Energy areas, Ecosystem Conservation and Climatic Change, Economics of Atmospheric Pollution in Fisheries Regulation and Price Formation in Marine Products Markets. In this instance, the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SSPA), the Environment´s Ministry, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Catalonia Polytechnic University, Spain and Universidad de Concepción, Talca, among others, also participated.
On this occasion, Camilo Torres fisheries economics researcher, MSc., presented the work entitled “Heterogeneous companies and international trade: Effects of the ISA virus on employment generation and firms concentration in chilean salmon industry”, where together with economist Jorge Bravo, PhD., from Universidad de Chile, provided new information on ISA virus effects (ISAv) on Chilean salmon farming sector in 2007, both in the generation of employment and in firms concentration levels. For the article, data were used during the period January 2004 to December 2014, and based on a non-stationary dynamic panel model, it was estimated how changes in sanitary conditions (ISAv) affected salmon companies concentration levels, depending on species produced and their products exports destination countries, reducing industry’s direct jobs generation. Furthermore, the model´s results were applied in a policy exercise, which allowed estimating the long-term effect of the presence of ISAv in Chilean salmon industry.
Finally, researcher Torres referred to the instance as a favorable space for knowledge transfer and methodologies updating, because national and foreign researchers attend, with whom very enriching days of discussion are developed. On this occasion, during the various sessions, the importance of economic aspects in the use and management of natural resources was highlighted, as well as for compliance and oversight of public policies.
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