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Swords or Plowshares? A Theory of the Security of Claims to Property

  • Grossman, Herschel I
  • Kim, Minseong

This paper develops a general equilibrium model of the allocation of resources among appropriative and productive activities. The model emphasizes the distinction between offensive weapons, which are the instruments of predation, and fortifications, which provide defense against predation. The analysis of this model shows how the equilibrium security of claims to property is determined. The analysis focuses on the possibility of a nonaggressive equilibrium in which no resources are allocated to offensive weapons and claims to property are fully secure. The authors also analyze the complex relation between economic welfare and the security of claims to property. Copyright 1995 by University of Chicago Press.

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Volume (Year): 103 (1995)
Issue (Month): 6 (December)
Pages: 1275-88

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