Ragnar Arnasonis

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"Ragnar Arnason is a professor in fisheries economics and the chairman of the Institute of Economic Studies at the University of Iceland. Professor Arnason received his MSc in mathematical economics from the London School of Economics and his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in the field of natural resource economics. Since 1990, Professor Arnason has primarily conducted his research in the area fisheries economics and fisheries management where he has a publication record of over 160 scientific articles and several books. Professor Arnason has played an important role in the development of the Icelandic tradable fisheries quota system (ITQs) and advised on fisheries management systems around the world. He was one of three authors of the World Bank–FAO study the Sunken Billions (2009) and the project coordinator of the recently completed EU‐project COBECOS (2009), dealing with the theory and practice of efficient fisheries enforcement. Professor Arnason has been a visiting scholar at a number of universities and research institutes in America and Europe and helped to manage a number of research projects. He has also been on the board of several business enterprises and is currently on the board of the Central Bank of Iceland." [1]


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