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Emergence of Endogenous Legal Institutions: Property Rights and Community Governance in the Italian Alps'

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  • Casari, Marco

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This paper studies the legal institutions set up by communities in the Italian Alps in the 13th – 19th century to manage their common pastures and forests. Over time, private-order institutions in the form of charters replaced informal arrangements sustained by the long-run interaction among villagers. Although costly to run, the charters accomplished several tasks that increased resource use efficiency. We present an empirical analysis of institutional choice of about two hundred communities and show that relative efficiency was an important factor in the selection of a governance regime.

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Paper provided by Purdue University, Department of Economics in its series Purdue University Economics Working Papers with number 1182.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2006
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Handle: RePEc:pur:prukra:1182

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Keywords: property rights ; transaction costs ; community enforcement ; sanctions ; natural resources ; common property;

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Cited by:
  1. Prüfer, J., 2012. "Business Associations and Private Ordering," Discussion Paper 2012-094, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
  2. M. Casari & M. Lisciandra, 2013. "Gender Discrimination in Property Rights," Working Papers wp914, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.
  3. Miguel Laborda Pemán & Tine De Moor, 2012. "A Tale of Two Commons: Some Preliminary Hypotheses on the Long-Term Development of the Commons in Western and Eastern Europe, 1000-1900," Working Papers 0031, Utrecht University, Centre for Global Economic History.

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