Why don't Indian lands have secure property rights?

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by Dominic Parker
That's the question Terry Anderson and I explore in our essay in today's Defining Ideas.

In short, Indians that live on reservations earn far less than Indians that live off reservations.  What accounts for this disparity? The simple answer is a lack of secure property rights and rule of law on reservations.

Dominic Parker is a Senior Research Fellow at PERC and is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at University of Wisconsin-Madison where he teaches courses in natural resource economics. His research examines how legal systems and government policies affect natural resource use, environmental outcomes, and economic...
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