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Rural Institutions And Natural Resource Exploitation: The Case Of Irish Commonage


  • Di Falco, Salvatore
  • van Rensburg, Tom M.


This paper uses an original micro data set, to investigate, the role of a specific rural institutions in determining the grazing regime over a common property resource: Irish Commonage. It is found that the level of communal activity of the shareholders, mismanagement, and the degree of participation or democratic involvement in decision making processes of the committee representing shareholders and the number of people actively using the shares are key variables in explaining grazing impact on the common property resource.

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  • Di Falco, Salvatore & van Rensburg, Tom M., 2004. "Rural Institutions And Natural Resource Exploitation: The Case Of Irish Commonage," 2004 Annual meeting, August 1-4, Denver, CO 20408, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea04:20408

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    1. Larson, Bruce A. & Bromley, Daniel W., 1990. "Property rights, externalities, and resource degradation : Locating the tragedy," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 33(2), pages 235-262, October.
    2. Baland, Jean-Marie & Platteau, Jean-Philippe, 1997. "Coordination problems in local-level resource management," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 53(1), pages 197-210, June.
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    1. O'Rourke Eileen & Kramm Nadine, 2009. "Changes in the Management of the Irish Uplands: A Case-Study from the Iveragh Peninsula," European Countryside, De Gruyter Open, vol. 1(1), pages 53-66, January.

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