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It Works in Practice: Does It Work in Theory?

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dc.contributor.author Moir, Robert en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:35:18Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:35:18Z
dc.date.issued 1998 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-07-16 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-07-16 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1233
dc.description.abstract "In 1968, Hardin argued that all commonly-owned resources would tragically be depleted unless private ownership was granted. There are many case studies which prove Hardin wrong. Common-pool resources have been managed with success. However, this success does not imply (as some believe) that communal ownership and management 'works' and is the appropriate management style for all resources. At the very least, the word 'works' needs definition. "The Japanese village of Hirano used a lottery mechanism to distribute winter fodder gathered on village-owned land. It is true that the fodder gathering and distribution system worked- the villagers used this system from the 1600's to the 1950's. But, the question remains: was the mechanism effective in curtailing excessive harvesting from the commons? The results of this economic experiment suggest that the lottery mechanism greatly enhances the efficient use of the resource by reducing individual incentives to over-appropriate. Despite the effectiveness of this mechanism, it is not the case that individuals act in the manner suggested by economic theory. Further research is necessary to understand how individuals operate in this environment." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.subject common pool resources--models en_US
dc.subject mechanism design en_US
dc.subject collective action--models en_US
dc.subject game theory en_US
dc.subject experimental economics en_US
dc.subject village organization en_US
dc.subject rules--models en_US
dc.title It Works in Practice: Does It Work in Theory? en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.coverage.region East Asia en_US
dc.subject.sector Theory en_US
dc.subject.sector Land Tenure & Use en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Crossing Boundaries, the Seventh Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates June 10-14 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada en_US
dc.submitter.email hess@indiana.edu en_US

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