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A model of the origins of basic property rights

  • Muthoo, Abhinay

This paper studies the origins of one of the most basic of property rights, namely, the right of an individual or an organization to the fruits of its labour. My objective is to address the questions of why, when and how this property right can emerge and be made secure. I develop a model of the strategic interaction between two players in the state-of-nature, which is an environment characterized by the absence of any laws and institutions (including property rights and the state). My analyses explores, in particular, the roles of the players� fighting and productive skills on the emergence and security (or otherwise) of this property right.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Games and Economic Behavior.

Volume (Year): 49 (2004)
Issue (Month): 2 (November)
Pages: 288-312

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