Who Owns the Environment?


Peter J. Hill and Roger E. Meiners, Editors

Environmental issues are fundamentally property rights issues. This volume provides an overview of property rights and the environment and extends the research frontier on numerous ownership issues. From a study of community efforts to solve the problem of the commons to lessons from experimental economics, the authors discuss a wide range of theoretical and empirical issues. Common law rules, federal land privatization, the Endangered Species Act, and the role of a constitution in protecting private property are considered.

CONTRIBUTORS: Terry Anderson Donald Boudreaux Elizabeth Brubaker William Carney Louis De Alessi Richard Epstein Donald Leal Roger Meiners Seth Norton Vernon Smith Richard Wagner Bruce Yandle

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
4720 Boston Way
Lanham, MD 20706
1998; 353 pages.

P.J. Hill is professor emeritus of economics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois and a Senior Fellow at PERC.An economic historian by training, Hill has written on institutional change and the evolution of property rights. His book with Terry Anderson, The Not So Wild, Wild West, challenged many of the traditional theories of how the West was...
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 An economist and lawyer, Roger Meiners defends the superiority of the common law--legal traditions developed through the courts--over federal regulation. In his view, the success of markets is intertwined with the common laws strong protection for property rights. Common law protects the environment by allowing individuals to take action against...
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