The Tradeoff of the Commons
AbstractWe develop a model of scarce, renewable resources to study the commons problem. We show that, contrary to conventional wisdom, property rights can often be less efficient than a commons. In particular, we study two effects: (1) waste which arises when individuals expend resources to use a resource unavailable due to congestion and (2) the risk of underutilization of the resource. We provide necessary and sufficient conditions for each effect to dominate the other when the cost of determining the availability of a resource is low.
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Date of creation: 04 Nov 2010
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Tragedy of the Commons; Spectrum; Open Access; Appointments; Property Rights; Reservations;
Other versions of this item:
- D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
- K23 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Regulated Industries and Administrative Law
- D45 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure and Pricing - - - Rationing; Licensing
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-AGR-2010-11-13 (Agricultural Economics)
- NEP-ALL-2010-11-13 (All new papers)
- NEP-ENV-2010-11-13 (Environmental Economics)
- NEP-IPR-2010-11-13 (Intellectual Property Rights)
- NEP-MIC-2010-11-13 (Microeconomics)
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