Abstract for: Modeling the Tragedy of the Commons: Review of System Dynamics Models

Many of the world's common pool resources (CPRs, such as groundwater, fisheries, pastures, and forests) are being depleted due to chronic overuse. Finding a solution to sustain these resources, although not trivial, is essential for the health of our social, ecological, and economic systems. Three tools of game theory, agent-based modeling, and system dynamics are usually used to study CPRs. There is an absence of a review of CPRs literature from the SD modeling perspective to the best of our knowledge. This paper presents a comprehensive review of SD models for the commons' tragedy, which can help CPRs modelers (especially beginners) how to model CPRs, facilitate better modeling of CPRs in the future, and assist them in finding open areas for further SD modeling for CPRs.