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Open Access vs. Restricted Access with Two Variable Factors: On the Redistributive Effects of a Property Regime Change

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  • Ronan Congar
  • Louis Hotte

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CWe consider the factor payment effects of a transition from open access to restricted access in the resource sector in the long-run, i.e., when both labor and capital are mobile between sectors. We show that the transition benefits (harms) the factor that is initially used more (less) intensively in the manufacturing sector relative to the resource sector. Our analysis introduces a dual approach used to compare equilibria between property regime types.

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  • Ronan Congar & Louis Hotte, 2014. "Open Access vs. Restricted Access with Two Variable Factors: On the Redistributive Effects of a Property Regime Change," EconomiX Working Papers 2014-51, University of Paris Nanterre, EconomiX.
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    Keywords

    Property Rights; Natural Resources; Mobile Capital; Factor Payments; Income Distribution; Dual Approach.;

    JEL classification:

    • D02 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Institutions: Design, Formation, Operations, and Impact
    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
    • D33 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Factor Income Distribution
    • K11 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - Property Law
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • N5 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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