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Could institutional reform have saved Easter Island?

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  • R. Morris Coats

    () (Nicholls State University, PO Box 2015, Thibodaux, LA 70310, USA)

  • Thomas R. Dalton

    (Southern University at New Orleans, 6400 Press Drive, New Orleans, LA 70126, USA)

Abstract

This paper extends the Brander and Taylor general-equilibrium model of population and resource management dynamics to a variety of institutional settings. The authors simulate the economic history of Easter Island, modifying the model to examine the impact of market institutions and different property-rights structures. The major finding of the paper is that modification of the economic institutions on Easter Island could have damped the feast-and-famine cycles that plagued its later history.

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  • R. Morris Coats & Thomas R. Dalton, 2000. "Could institutional reform have saved Easter Island?," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 10(5), pages 489-505.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joevec:v:10:y:2000:i:5:p:489-505
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    Cited by:

    1. David Croix & Davide Dottori, 2008. "Easter Island’s collapse: a tale of a population race," Journal of Economic Growth, Springer, vol. 13(1), pages 27-55, March.
    2. Gary M. Pecquet & Gokhan R. Karahan & R. Andrew Luccasen & Christopher J. Boudreaux & Shane Sanders, 2016. "In memoriam: R. Morris Coats, a second wave public choice scholar in camouflage," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 166(3), pages 379-387, March.
    3. repec:eee:ecolec:v:146:y:2018:i:c:p:312-324 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. James A. Brander, 2007. "Viewpoint: Sustainability: Malthus revisited?," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 40(1), pages 1-38, February.
    5. D'Alessandro, Simone, 2007. "Non-linear dynamics of population and natural resources: The emergence of different patterns of development," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 62(3-4), pages 473-481, May.
    6. Rammel, Christian & Stagl, Sigrid & Wilfing, Harald, 2007. "Managing complex adaptive systems -- A co-evolutionary perspective on natural resource management," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 63(1), pages 9-21, June.
    7. Dalton, Thomas R. & Coats, R. Morris & Asrabadi, Badiollah R., 2005. "Renewable resources, property-rights regimes and endogenous growth," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 52(1), pages 31-41, January.
    8. Pezzey, John C. V. & Anderies, John M., 2003. "The effect of subsistence on collapse and institutional adaptation in population-resource societies," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 72(1), pages 299-320, October.
    9. Nagase, Yoko & Uehara, Takuro, 2011. "Evolution of population-resource dynamics models," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 72(C), pages 9-17.
    10. Roman, Sabin & Bullock, Seth & Brede, Markus, 2017. "Coupled Societies are More Robust Against Collapse: A Hypothetical Look at Easter Island," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 132(C), pages 264-278.

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    Keywords

    Easter Island - Property-rights institutions - Consumption rights - Common access - Private property - Population dynamics - Feast-and-famine cycles;

    JEL classification:

    • Q21 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Demand and Supply; Prices
    • P51 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems - - - Comparative Analysis of Economic Systems

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