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 of Economics Emeritus at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois and a Senior Fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana, where he currently resides. He is the co-author, with Terry L. Anderson and Douglass North of Growth and Welfare in the American Past, with Terry Anderson of The Birth of a...
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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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