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Property-Rights Regimes and Natural Resources: A Conceptual Analysis

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  • Edella Schlager
  • Elinor Ostrom

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The term "common-property resource" is an example of a term repeatedly used to refer to property owned by a government or by no one. It is also used for property owned by a community of resource users. Such usage leads to confusion in scientific study and policy analysis. In this paper we develop a conceptual schema for arraying property-rights regimes that distinguishes among diverse bundles of rights ranging from authorized user, to claimant, to proprietor, and to owner. We apply this conceptual schema to analyze findings from a variety of empirical settings including the Maine lobster industry.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Land Economics.

Volume (Year): 68 (1992)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 249-262

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:68:y:1992:i:3:p:249-262

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