Publicado el 20 July, 2023 / News

UdeC, INCAR, UBB and EfD Chile study investigated how the perception of socioeconomic status influences the development of Small Scale Aquaculture (SSA)

A study conducted by researchers from Universidad de Concepción (UdeC), the Interdisciplinary Center for Aquaculture Research (INCAR), the Universidad del Bío-Bío (UBB), and Environment for Development (EfD) Chile, assessed the effect of critical indicators on the subjective socioeconomic status of small-scale aquaculture producers in central-southern Chile. The research, titled “Subjective Socioeconomic Status in Small-Scale Aquaculture: Evidence from Central-Southern Chile,” was published in the Journal Sustainability, authored by Dr. Marjorie Baquedano-Rodríguez, academic at UdeC and associate researcher at INCAR, and the UBB academics Juan Rosas-Muñoz and Javier Castillo-Cruces.

The study involved a face-to-face survey conducted to 225 participants from the Biobío and Los Lagos regions to assess the impact of income, education, occupational characteristics, social networks, and perception of health status on the current and future subjective socioeconomic status. “The results show that participating in the SSA (Small-Scale Aquaculture) positively impacts the current and future subjective socioeconomic status, and among the indicators, income is the most robust for the perception of current and future socioeconomic status. Therefore, any policy focused on the development of the SSA should aim to generate and increase household incomes for those involved in the sector. Having a secure income is an essential means to achieve material well-being and subjective socioeconomic well-being, both from the current perspective and the future vision. Another noteworthy aspect of the study is that education gradually loses relevance in subjective socioeconomic status as the years go by, while social capital gains importance,” explains Dr. Baquedano.

Furthermore, the study highlights the importance of income and social capital in determining the subjective socioeconomic status of the SSA producers in central-southern Chile.

For more information, please red the full article  “Subjective Socioeconomic Status in Small-Scale Aquaculture: Evidence from Central-Southern Chile”.