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Privatizing the Commons and Economic Degradation

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  • Christopher J. Ellis

    () (University of Oregon)

  • Edward Birdyshaw

    (California State University, Fresno)

Abstract

We develop a dynamic model of the exploitation of an environmental resource with endogenous property rights. We are able to explain both the evolution of property rights and environmental quality. In some circumstances the time path of environmental quality is U-shaped and resembles an Environmental Kuznets Curve. However this patern derives from changes in the property rights regime, not from changes in income.

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  • Christopher J. Ellis & Edward Birdyshaw, 2005. "Privatizing the Commons and Economic Degradation," University of Oregon Economics Department Working Papers 2005-10, University of Oregon Economics Department.
  • Handle: RePEc:ore:uoecwp:2005-10
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    Keywords

    Commons; Property Rights; Environmental Resource;

    JEL classification:

    • Q20 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - General
    • Q50 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - General

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