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Clearing the Air: Four Propositions about Property Rights and Environmental Protection

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dc.contributor.author Cole, Daniel H. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:59:59Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:59:59Z
dc.date.issued 1999 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-03-05 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-03-05 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3340
dc.description.abstract "Privatization is sweeping the globe. Since the Reagan-Thatcher revolution of the 1980s, governments around the world have been selling off public assets to private owners in order to improve efficiency and increase production. Between 1985 and 1994, $468 billion worth of state enterprises were sold off to private investors. But privatization so far has been limited to state enterprises. Governments have not, with a few notable and highly controversial exceptions, gun selling off their vast natural resource holdings, including forest lands, parks, and waterways. This is a mistake, according to some economists who claim that the same economic arguments favoring private ownership of economic producers (polluters and resource users) also support private ownership of natural resources (i.e., environmental goods). As Richard Stroup and Sandra Goodman put it, government ownership and control works just as badly with environmental resources as with all other resources. In their view, privately owned natural resources would be better managed not only economically but environmentally. But critics argue that the claims of these so-called free market environmentalists are unrealistic, based on faulty premises, overly reliant on anecdotal evidence, and oblivious to economies of scale and the transaction costs of resource privatization." en_US
dc.subject property rights en_US
dc.subject environmental degradation en_US
dc.subject privatization en_US
dc.subject conservation en_US
dc.subject air pollution en_US
dc.subject carbon sequestration en_US
dc.title Clearing the Air: Four Propositions about Property Rights and Environmental Protection en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.coverage.region North America en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.subject.sector Global Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 10 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth January en_US

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