Kailin Kroetz’s research focuses on policy questions related to coupled natural-human systems in marine and terrestrial ecosystems. A major focus of her research is the design and evaluation of programs used to manage fisheries. Current work explores the trade-offs of incorporating multiple objectives (social, cultural, and economic) into the design of tradable permit programs in the United States and in developing countries. Additional research examines land use choices and the implications for endangered species and biodiversity protection. For example, past work looks at how broadening the set of policy options considered when conducting conservation planning can impact the efficient use of limited conservation funds.
Current work includes a project for the Inter-American Development Bank examining the economic performance of fisheries under Individual Transferable Quota (ITQ) systems in Latin America. The project has two components: (1) provide an overview of potential methodologies that either have been used to evaluate ITQs or are recommended as potential tools that could be applied in future evaluations, and (2) analyze the impact of ITQs in two case study fisheries in Latin America: the Peruvian Anchoveta fishery and the Chilean Jack Mackerel fishery.