Alternatives to the "tragedy of the commons" detailed for managing natural resources
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nobel Prize winners Douglass C. North, Elinor Ostrom, and Thomas C. Schelling will be among the speakers at a two-day conference on property rights and the management of natural resources such as fisheries, forests, mines, and water, sponsored and organized by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (www.lincolninst.edu) in conjunction with Elinor Ostrom and Daniel H. Cole.
The Evolution of Property Rights Related to Land and Natural Resources September 20-21 at the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square, will bring together prominent scholars in economics, political science, history, and law to examine property systems. As concern for dwindling natural resources and environmental regulations increases, the conference discusses lessons and successful property management models ranging from the 19th century California Gold Rush to current air, wildlife, and land approaches relevant to the management of climate change.
Over the past several years, the academic literature about property rights in land and natural resources has often emphasized the "tragedy of the commons" and failed to account for cases in which stakeholders successfully manage resources such as fisheries, forests, mines, and water. Building on Professor Ostrom's path breaking work showing that collective action can lead to responsible management of common resources, the conference includes presentations on how various property systems—particularly those that are mainly self-governing—have been applied to and affected the use of natural resources.
Douglass C. North will speak at the pre-conference dinner on Sunday, September 19 on issues related to institutions and property rights. In a keynote address, Thrainn Eggertsson will review how the assumptions of costly information and rational politics generate useful tools for exploring the logic of institutions and their changes, using case studies from Iceland. He will also discuss new directions for the economics of institutions, with an example of the evolution of Iceland's fisheries regulations.
Elinor Ostrom and Daniel H. Cole will open session presentations by introducing the idea of moving beyond simplistic models of property systems to theories that better account for the complexities and contingencies of actual resource governance regimes. More importantly they advocate that the design of these regimes can be informed by comparative analyses of property institutions operating within larger social-ecological systems.
Other presentations include:
GOLD RUSH LEGACY: AMERICAN MINERALS AND THE KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY
Speakers: Karen Clay, Carnegie-Mellon University, and Gavin Wright, Stanford University
Discussant: Peter Z. Grossman, Butler University
GOLD RUSHES ARE ALL THE SAME: LABOR RULES THE DIGGING
Speaker: Andrea McDowell, Seton Hall Law School
Discussant: Mark T. Kanazawa, Carleton College
ACCESS AND USE REGULATIONS AS PROPERTY: THE CASE OF THE U.S. CLEAN AIR ACT
Speaker: Daniel H. Cole, Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis
Discussant: Wallace E. Oates, University of Maryland
RIGHTS TO POLLUTE: ASSESSMENT OF TRADABLE PERMITS FOR AIR POLLUTION
Speaker: Nives Dolsak, University of Washington, Bethell
Discussant: Shi-Ling Hsu, University of British Columbia Law School
WHO OWNS ENDANGERED SPECIES?
Speaker: Jason F. Shogren, University of Wyoming
Discussant: Colin W. Clark, University of British Columbia
ENCLOSING THE FISHERY COMMONS: FROM INDIVIDUALS TO COMMUNITIES
Speaker: Bonnie J. McCay, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Discussant: Anthony D. Scott, University of British Columbia
THE EVOLUTION OF ZONING SINCE THE 1980S: THE PERSISTENCE OF LOCALISM
Speaker: William A. Fischel, Dartmouth College
Discussant: Robert C. Ellickson, Yale Law School
REFERENCE STATES, VALUATION DISPARITIES AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ENTITLEMENT IN REAL PROPERTY AMONG NATIVE AMERICANS
Speakers: C. Leigh Anderson and Richard Zerbe, University of Washington
Discussant: John A. Baden, Foundation for Research in Economics and The Environment
PLAYING BY DIFFERENT RULES? PROPERTY RIGHTS IN LAND AND WATER
Speaker: Richard A. Epstein, University of Chicago Law School
Discussant: Henry E. Smith, Harvard Law School
A POLITICAL ANALYSIS OF PROPERTY RIGHTS
Speaker: William Blomquist, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Discussant: Edella Schlager, University of Arizona
WATER RIGHTS AND MARKETS IN U.S. SEMI ARID WEST: EFFICIENCY AND EQUITY ISSUES
Speaker: Gary D. Libecap, University of California, Santa Barbara
Discussant: Lee J. Alston, University of Colorado at Boulder
CLIMATE CHANGE: THE ULTIMATE "TRAGEDY OF THE COMMONS"?
Speaker: Jouni Paavola, Leeds University
Discussant: V. Kerry Smith, Arizona State University
OCEANS AS A GLOBAL COMMONS
Speaker: Katrina M. Wyman, New York University
Discussant: Richard A. Barnes, University of Hull
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SOURCE Lincoln Institute of Land Policy