John Lynham


**** I’m on leave from the University of Hawaiʻi for the 2015/2016 academic year ****

I’m an Associate Professor in the Economics Department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where I am also a UHERO Research Fellow. I was recently appointed as the Director of the Graduate Ocean Policy Certificate. I am an Affiliated Researcher at the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University and have held Visiting Professor appointments in the Economics Department and the Program in Human Biology at Stanford. My research interests are in environmental/resource economics, marine ecology and behavioral economics. I am a Pacific Century Fellow, class of 2012. In 2013, I was honored to receive the Board of Regents’ Medal  for Excellence in Teaching.



Contact details



Department of Economics, Saunders Hall 532,

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa,

2424 Maile Way,

Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808)-956-8280

Fax: (808)-956-4347


Google Scholar Profile CV (pdf)


Media Coverage

  1. "Can Catch Shares Prevent Fisheries Collapse?" with Christopher Costello and Steven Gaines. (2008) Science, 321, 1678-1681.

  2. This paper was reviewed by Geoffrey Heal and Wolfram Schlenker in Nature. It was also chosen by the editors of Nature as their favourite Economics paper published in 2008.

  3. Selected for Faculty of 1000 Biology (

  4. You can read some coverage of this paper in the popular press here.

  5. You can read some important criticism of this paper in an article in Fisheries 34(6).

  1. “Diverse Fisheries Require Diverse Solutions: Response” with Christopher Costello, Steven Gaines, Quentin Grafton and Jeremy Prince. (2009) Science, 323, 338-339.

  1. “Betting on weight loss … and losing: personal gambles as commitment mechanisms” with Nicholas Burger. (2010) Applied Economics Letters, 17(12): 1161-1166.

  2. You can read some coverage of this paper in the popular press here.

  1. “Economic Incentives and Global Fisheries Sustainability” with Christopher Costello, Steven Gaines and Sarah Lester. (2010) Annual Review of Resource Economics, 2, 229-318.

  2. This paper attempts to address some of the criticism we received in Fisheries 34(6).

  1. “The political economy of marine reserves: Understanding the role of opportunity costs” with Martin Smith, James Sanchirico and James Wilson. (2010) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(43), 18300-18305.

  2. Selected for Faculty of 1000 Biology (

  1. “Field and Online Experiments on Self-Control” with Nicholas Burger and Gary Charness. (2011) Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 77(3), 393-404

  1. “Disaster in Paradise: A Preliminary Investigation of the Economic and Social Aftermaths of the Hilo Tsunami of 1960 and Hurricane Iniki of 1992” with Ilan Noy. (2013), Forces of Nature and Cultural Responses, Springer, 93-108.

  1. “Ecomarkets For Conservation And Sustainable Development in the Coastal Zone” with Rod Fujita, Fiorenza Micheli, Pasha Feinberg, Luis Bourillón, Andrea Sáenz-Arroyo and Alexander Markham. (2013) , Biological Reviews, 88(2), 273-286.

  2. You can access media coverage related to this paper here.

  1. “How Have Catch Shares Been Allocated?” (2014), Marine Policy, 44, 42-48.

  1. “Real-Time Information and Consumption: What Can Water Demand Programs Learn From Electricity Demand Programs?” with Nori Tarui. (forthcoming), Handbook of Water Economics and Institutions, Routledge.

  1. “Book Review: Economics of the Oceans: Rights, Rents and Resources”, Applied Economics Journal, 21(2), 1-4.

  1. “What determines social capital in a social-ecological system? Insights from a network perspective” with Michele Barnes-Mauthe, Shawn Arita, Steven Gray and PingSun Leung, (forthcoming), Environmental Management.

  1. “Principles for Managing Marine Ecosystems Prone to Tipping Points”  with K.A. Selkoe, T. Blenckner, M.R. Caldwell, L. Crowder, A. Erickson, T. Essington, J. Estes, R. Fujita, B.S. Halpern, M. Hunsicker, C.V. Kappel, R.P. Kelly, J.N. Kittinger, P.S. Levin, M. Mach, R. Martone, L. Mease, A. Salomon, J. Samhouri, C. Scarborough, A. Stier, C. White, and J. Zedler, (2015), Ecosystem Health and Sustainability, 1(5):17.

  1. “Where do Social Preferences Come From?” with Chaning Jang, (2015), Economics Letters, 137, 25-28.

  1. “Why Does Real-Time Information Reduce Energy Consumption?” with Kohei Nitta, Tatsuyoshi Saijo, and Nori Tarui, (forthcoming), Energy Economics.

  1. “Exogenous vs. Endogenous Regulation in the Commons” with Anna Lou Abatayo, (forthcoming), Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

Working Papers

Copies available upon request

“Does the Allocation of Property Rights Matter for Efficiency?” (with Andreas Leibbrandt) revision requested, Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economics

“Identifying Peer Effects Using Gold Rushers” revision requested, Land Economics

“The 1960 Tsunami in Hawaii: Long Term Consequences of a Coastal Disaster” (with Ilan Noy and Jonathan Page) revision requested, World Development

“Are Seawalls Correlated with Lower Property Values in California?” (with Qingran Li) revision requested, Marine Resource Economics

“Costly Participation Creates Institutional Inertia in Marine Ecosystems” (with Halpern, B. S., Blenckner, T., Essington, T., Estes, J., Hunsicker, M., Kappel, C., Salomon, A., Scarborough, C., Selkoe, K. A., and Stier, A.) revision requested, Marine Policy